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Literary Friday

‘Get Lost in Auraria’ & Chat With Tim Westover Oct. 12 

We included author Tim Westover’s new novel “Auraria” on our Fall/Winter Reading List and interviewed the author by phone recently. Find out why he chose the North Georgia ghost town of Auraria for his subject, his secret for blending reality with a bit of fantasy, and how Bob Dylan’s music helped to inspire the book in our review. We’ll be chatting with Westover on Twitter Oct. 12 from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) using the hashtag #southernlit and also giving away a few copies.


If you’re in the Lafayette area on October 25, join us at The Saint Street Inn for a booksigning and talk with Virginian Cory MacLauchlin, author of the new biography on John Kennedy Toole, “Butterfly in the Typewriter.” MacLauchlin will be talking about Toole’s Lafayette connections (we’ll be telling you more about those next week), who he thinks the real model for Ignatius Reilly was and signing books from 5-6 p.m.

Also in Deep South events, the early registration deadline for the Flannery O’Connor Symposium we’re co-sponsoring in Lafayette is October 15. Take advantage of the chance to get $25 off the ticket price. The symposium is marking 50 years since O’Connor spoke on the UL Lafayette campus. For those of you who’ve been waiting to hear the recording of her talk that was found here, we’re close to being able to release an audio clip, so stay tuned. You’ll also be able to hear O’Connor speak if you attend the symposium.

Atlantan Evan Guilford-Blake, whose short story “Mama” we published last summer, has published his first novel “Noir(ish),” a foray into the Los Angeles world of film and fiction noir in the late 1940s. The Kindle edition is available for $3.99.

Literary News & Blogs 

Anne Rice’s search for an apartment swap in New Orleans was big news this week. The Times Picayune reported that New Orleans-born Rice posted on her Facebook page that she was homesick and looking to trade her Florida beach condo for a French Quarter apartment. “I need to be with my characters,” she told the paper.

In recognition of Banned Books Week, we’ve got a post about Southern authors who’ve been banned over the years. Flavorwire also has a slideshow of Famous Authors’ Funniest Responses to Their Books Being Banned. Can you guess which author said: “To hear that the novel is ‘immoral’ has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink”?

The guy who got the nicest rejection letter ever from Jack Daniels about his book cover looking too much like their label has a new jacket design. This time it’s inspired by Oregon’s Bull Run Distilling Co.

Two Southerners and one honorary one make Book Riot’s post on Famous Novels I Never Finished. Can you guess which one this refers to? “Who is talking? Let me ask again, who is talking?'”

Flavorwire’s Fascinating Photographs of Famous Literary Characters in Real Life includes a portrait of the real-life Daisy Buchanan, said to be a thinly veiled portrait of his first love.

Also on Flavorwire are 10 Must-Reads For October, including one of the books on our Fall/Winter Reading List. The same book is included in Book Riot’s 5 Books To Watch For in October.

More props for books on our reading list came from Oprah this week, who included Attica Locke’s “The Cutting Season” on her list of The Best New Books of October 2012.

Southern Festival of Books, October 12-14, has announced its schedule of sessions. We’re particularly intrigued by the Friday one titled “Of Saints, Garage Sales, and Astronauts – 3 Indie Next-List Debut Southern Novelists” with Amy Franklin-Willis, Lynda Rutledge and Lydia Netzer. On Saturday, we’d suggest seeing Kimberly Brock in “Body and Spirit: New Voices in Women’s Fiction.”

(Non)Required Reading 

Lady Lessons, about the path to becoming a Southern woman, by Lee Smith in Garden & Gun.

Kimberly Brock’s guest post, The Storyteller’s Granddaughter, on It’s Only a Novel blog.

Erika Robuck on The Undercover Soundtrack about what music she listened to while writing on “Hemingway’s Girl.”

Blinded By Love, a Louisiana ghost story from The Moonlit Road.

Literary Events 

Featured Event: Fairhope, Alabama’s Grand Festival of Art & Books is taking place this weekend. As if there isn’t reason enough to visit the charming town, October 5-6 authors, writers and storytellers will descend on downtown for signings, tellings of Grimm’s fairytales, a presentation by Fairhope Writer’s Group and other literary exhibitors. We met writer and blogger Melinda McGuire en route to the festival yesterday. Her teenaged daughter tagged along with her to see “The Mark of Athena” and Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan, sure to be a big draw. Stop by Melinda’s booth and ask her about her own new book, “Rich Fabric Anthology.”

Scheduled for October 12-14, the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville will include Gillian Flynn, Lauren Groff, Kimberly Brock, Lydia Netzer, Junot Diaz, Ron Rash and Bobbie Ann Mason.

The 2012 James River Writers Conference in Richmond, Virginia, includes a workshop with Tom Robbins on October 19 at the State Capitol and workshops, panel discussions and more October 20-21.

The Louisiana Book Festival will be held October 27 in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol. This festival lineup is finally out, with featured authors including Marcelle Bienvenu, Rick Bragg, Cory MacLauchlin, Wiley Cash, Tim Gautreaux, Olympia Vernon, Karen Spears Zacharias and lots more. See the festival’s banner ad at the top of our site for more info.

The Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, will hold its annual Halloween Bash on the grounds the evening of October 31. Dress in the theme of “Mobsters and Monsters.” Tickets are $25.

Also the weekend of November 9-10 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.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival will take place in historic Dahlonega, Georgia, November 10-11. So far, guest authors include K.M. Deal, Tim Westover and Regina Jeffers.

New Iberia, Louisiana, has a new Spanish festival, El Festival Espanol de Nueva Iberia, that will include a Dave Robicheaux Running of the Bulls 5K race on Saturday at 8 a.m.

New in Southern Voice 

Receipt at Ogden’s Twist, a story by Tom Sheehan about a witch, her dog and the 11-year-old boy who’s keeping an eye on them.

To find out more about Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, including Anne Rice’s former homes in New Orleans, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, now available direct from iTunes and for Android.

Receipt at Ogden’s
Lecompte Pie Festiva