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Literary Friday

5 Gifts for Lit Lovers 

Paper Passion – Karl Lagerfeld’s new perfume that evokes the scent of a freshly printed book launched earlier this month and is on sale for $98. It comes inside a real book with short essays on the subject of paper.

To Kill A Mockingbird Pencil Set – Available on Etsy, this set of five No. 2 pencils come hand-wrapped with pages from the book. You can even request they be wrapped with your favorite quotes.

Southern Female Writers Bracelet – It’d be hard not to be inspired to write a line like Flannery O’Connor, Margaret Mitchell or Eudora Welty while wearing this bracelet depicting their famous faces and more.

Peacock Statement of the Art Necklace – Channel O’Connor in Mod Cloth’s necklace with strands of lime, grass green and deep jade.

Author Portraits by Maria Forde – This Northern California-based author’s whimsical portraits of figures like Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers (pictured), Walker Percy, Harper Lee and many more are available by contacting her.

Literary News & Blogs 

Remember that pic we posted of the Texas Wal-Mart that became a library? Well, Flavorwire created a slideshow of 10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures, including old jails, barns and phone booths.

Simon & Schuster has created The Great Gatsby Character Map to help you keep track of how Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Jordan Baker, Myrtle and Tom Wilson and Daisy and Tom Buchanan are all connected.

Also in Gatsby news, Book Riot decided to recast Nick Carraway in the upcoming movie version this week. Who would you replace Tobey Maguire with?

“Sailing to Byzantium” blogger Conrad Deitrick’s post God Damn I Love Southern Lit about reading Faulkner, McCarthy, McCullers and O’Connor takes the cake for best title this week.

Chatting With Lydia Netzer

Today we’ll be joining in litchat.net‘s chat with Lydia Netzer. First-time author of “Shine, Shine, Shine,” Netzer lives in Virginia and will be chatting about how love has fueled storytellers, poets, playwrights and novelists. Join in using the hashtag #litchat from 3-4 p.m. CST (4-5 EST).

To find out more about Netzer and for the chance to win the “Shine, Shine, Shine” audiobook, visit Joshilyn Jackson’s Faster Than Kudzu blog. Jackson narrates the audiobook and is helping to spread the word about the book.

(Non)required Reading

An excerpt from Flamingo Funeral, a shortlist finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s 2012 Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, by Kat Kennedy. Her entire novella of five stories will be published this fall.

The Paris Review‘s character study of Hemingway’s Lady Brett Ashley from “The Sun Also Rises.”


Book Riot’s Kickstarter campaign for Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors, a guide helping readers access the work of notable contemporary authors like William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston, has 29 days to go to raise $25,000.

Save the Date

Book festival season is almost here! Make plans to attend an event in your area, meet your favorite author or some new ones and hobnob with others who love to read. Even better, all of the events listed below are free, so you’ll have plenty of cash for buying books.

August 31-September 2, the Decatur Book Festival will take place in and around the square, presenting authors Mary Kay Andrews, Meg Cabot, Mark Childress, John T. Edge, Joshilyn Jackson, Karen White and many more.

Scheduled for October 12-14, the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville announced its lineup last week, which includes Gillian Flynn, Lauren Groff, Kimberly Brock, Lydia Netzer, Ron Rash and Bobbie Ann Mason.

The Louisiana Book Festival will be held October 27 in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol. This festival hasn’t announced their lineup yet, but we’ve heard Cory MacLauchlin, Rick Bragg and Wiley Cash (pictured, photo by Kevin Millard) will be there.

The Georgia Literary Festival takes place November 9-10 at the new Jekyll Island Convention Center and will include Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Chef Hugh Acheson, Mary Kay Andrews and Steve Berry.


The deadline to submit to the Southern Sin Essay Contest is July 31. Creative Nonfiction (CNF) and the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshop are looking for essays that capture the South in all its steamy sinfulness – whether you’re skipping church to watch football, coveting your neighbor’s “Real Housewife” of Atlanta or just drinking an unholy amount of sweet tea. Your essay can channel William Faulkner or Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker or Rick Bragg, but must tell a true story and must incorporate both sin and the South in some way.

The selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction #47, and CNF and Oxford will be awarding $5,000 for the best essay. Creative Nonfiction #47 will be launched at the 2013 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshop in March 2013. To submit, visit www.creativenonfiction.org.

New in Southern Voice 

Drifting too far from the Shore, a historical lynching story within a modern context and a title that comes from an old gospel song made popular by Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, by Georgian Niles Reddick.

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