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Literary Friday

Deep South’s Literary Trail App is back! 

Our app has been taking a bit of a vacation this summer, but we’re thrilled to announce it’s now available again -and straight from iTunes! (The app is also available for Android and the iPad.) A guide to writers’ homes and literary landmarks across the South, the app will have you following the footsteps of the likes of Harper Lee, Eudora Welty, Pat Conroy and Tennessee Williams.

For a taste of some of New Orleans’ literary landmarks, read Bohemian Rhapsody, a BBC journalist’s love affair with literary New Orleans and the Deep South in our Arts & Lit section.

Literary News & Blogs 

The Decatur Book Festival is coming up next weekend. With 3 days, more than 300 authors and 20 venues, it’s the largest independent book festival in the nation. We’ve got the highlights here so you don’t get lost in a literary fog.

ABC announced that it’s developing a new series based on “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” with a steampunk twist, where Huck and Tom meet again in New Orleans as young men in their 20s and form an investigative firm. “Reunited and it feels so good …”

In case you missed the news last week, James Franco’s movie version of Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” is set to start filming in Canton, Mississippi, next month. There have already been a few casting calls, and Franco himself will be producing, directing and acting, fresh off wrapping up a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God.” Lee Caplin, manager of the Faulkner estate, is co-producer, and cast members, originally rumored to include Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Dano, are now said to include Danny McBride and Tim Blake Nelson.

“Nine Months” author Paula Bomer’s list of Books I Love in Publisher’s Weekly includes “The Collected Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor.” “Something about O’Connor’s Catholic view, the intense moral conundrums acted out by her characters and, looking back, her absolute belief in God, made me walk around thinking of nothing else but her stories,” she writes.

Southern writers Kaye Gibbons, Joshilyn Jackson, Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Patchett, Kathryn Stockett and more made BookRiot’s reading list of 21st Century Literature by Women.

Watch Flavorpill’s videos of Favorite TV Characters Talking About Books, starting with D’Angelo’s prison book club reading “The Great Gatsby” on “The Wire.” Alert: “My So-Called Life” and Jared Leto (a native of Shreveport, Louisiana) fans, don’t miss clip 5!

(Non)required Reading

Editor Erin Z. Bass’s interview in Melinda McGuire’s “Southern Creatives” series this week. Yes, this is a shameless plug, but don’t you want to know which classic Southern novel she thinks should be made into a movie.

A previously rejected short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thank You For The Light, in The New Yorker.

BookRiot’s Reading List for Becoming An Informed Voter.

The New York Review of Books’ recap of The Last Book Sale in Texas, written by book seller and “Lonesome Dove” author Larry McMurtry himself. “Everything sold but the fiction.”

30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors. Mark Twain’s should work every time: “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

Alternative Authors’ Versions of Lord of the Rings, including one by Hemingway.

Literary Events

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

The 11th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes will be held in Columbus, Mississippi, September 4-9. Special guests include Dr. Kenneth Holditch and Tony Award nominees Alison Fraser and Allison Leyton Brown, in addition to a performance of “The Rose Tattoo” and a Stella Shouting Contest. See the ad on the top right for more info.

Athens, Alabama, holds its first Kudzu Chronicles Southern Writers Event at Art on the Square September 7-8, giving residents access to authors and panel discussions with writers.

Birmingham Public Library’s Eat Drink Read Write Festival will be held September 8-15, a series of free programs bringing food, culinary arts and literature to the table.

The Grand Festival of Art & Books will take place October 5-6 in Fairhope, Alabama, with more than 150 authors and exhibitors will be participating.

Scheduled for October 12-14, the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville will include 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, Ron Rash and Wiley Cash will be there.

Flannery O’Connor Symposium, co-sponsored by Deep South, is scheduled for November 9-10 in Lafayette, Louisiana, on the UL Lafayette campus. We’ll be releasing more details as it gets closer to the event.

Also that weekend is the Georgia Literary Festival at the new Jekyll Island Convention Center, which will include Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Chef Hugh Acheson, Mary Kay Andrews and Steve Berry.

New in Southern Voice

What Dreams Are Made Of, an essay about the Gulf Coast by Mississippian Kara Martinez Bachman, AND Carolina Dusk, a poem by Sally Burnette.

Check out the Literary Friday Pinterest board here

Carolina Dusk
Bohemian Rhapsody