Notes From the Louisiana Book Festival
After a marathon day of author readings and signings at the Louisiana State Capitol, we’ve finally got all our photos and videos from the Louisiana Book Festival together. Click here to see our recap, including video of Cory MacLauchlin talking about the life of John Kennedy Toole and Wiley Cash reading from “A Land More Kind Than Home.”
Mark Your Calendar
For our next Twitter chat with “American Ghost” author Janis Owens. We’ll be chatting with her next Friday, November 16, from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) using the hashtag #southernlit and posting an interview with her early next week.
We had the chance to meet Peggy Sweeney McDonald, creator and editor of new book “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde …,” when she visited The Kitchenary in Lafayette last week. Her book, based on a series of foodie monologues by the same name that she developed, is full of food stories and recipes from Louisiana and beyond. Of course, the concept evolved from many wonderful conversations over coffee and beignets at New Orleans’ legendary Cafe Du Monde, and it’s only fitting that the restaurant is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. See our Giveaways section to find out how you can win a copy of this beautiful coffee table book, signed by McDonald herself.
Literary News & Blogs
Included in IndieWire’s 10 Indie Films You Must See This November is Killing Them Softly, adapted from a novel by George V. Higgins called “Cogan’s Trade,” set and filmed in New Orleans and starring Brad Pitt. It’s due out November 30.
For election day, author Cory MacLauchlin posted a photo of an Ignatius J. Reilly for President shirt. It comes from the Toole papers at Tulane University, but made us wonder what a search of the term would bring up. Apparently, causes.com has a call for his election, and Ignatius’s Facebook page also has a post nominating him for the job by one of his fans.
Oprah.com’s 12 Pieces of Advice from the World’s Best Writers ends with a beautiful one from Richard Wright.
Don’t miss Deep South intern Rebecca Lynn Aulph’s post about participating in National Novel Writing Month. On Tuesday, she tweeted that she was one-fifth of the way done. We’ll be supporting her every step of the way and hope you will too!
Book Riot has a great Beginners’ Guide to Identifying First Editions, Part One, using Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History” and Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” as examples.
Open Culture found some rare footage of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald from the 1920s this week. See the family together, Scottie as a baby and even Scott writing at his desk.
Jesmyn Ward’s “Salvage the Bones” is one of four picks for The Huffington Post’s Book Club’s final read for 2012. Senior Editor Annemarie Dooling makes her case for it by stressing how relevant the book is in the days after Hurricane Sandy.
Announcement: The deadline for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Fiction Contest is November 15. This year’s judge is “The Hours” author Michael Cunningham, and grand prize is $1,500, airfare, accommodations and an all-access pass to the festival, plus a public reading during the event.
Our Flannery O’Connor: The Legacy of a Southern Catholic Writer Symposium is finally here. Marking 50 years since O’Connor spoke on the UL Lafayette campus and celebrating the discovery of the recording of her talk that was found there, events kick off with a cocktail part at the Alumni Center tonight. Special guest speakers for tomorrow’s symposium and themed dinner include Georgia State University professor Bill Sessions, who is working on the only authorized biography of O’Connor, and Brett Grayson with Good Country Pictures, who will be speaking about his company’s adaptation of “The Violent Bear It Away” on film. Portions of the recently discovered recording of O’Connor found on campus will also be played during the event. Click here for tickets.
Also this weekend in South Louisiana is the annual Festival of Words. Author and public readings, creative writing workshops, drive-by poetry and more will all take place in Grand Coteau and surrounding areas through November 10.
The Georgia Literary Festival takes place today and tomorrow at the new Jekyll Island Convention Center and will include Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Chef Hugh Acheson, Mary Kay Andrews and Steve Berry.
New in Southern Voice
The New Deal, a story about a tenant former forced to move on, by Tennessean Taylor Dowd.
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