Welcome to our second installment of Literary Friday! If you missed last week's debut, catch up by clicking here. First off is a reminder that the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama's annual costume gala is tomorrow, March 3. Party like Zelda at the flapper-themed part on the museum grounds for only $25. Deep South Literary Trail App now available for Android!
We got word February 24 that our app is now available in the Android marketplace. We'll need ratings and reviews to gain traction, so for those of you with Android devices, this would be much appreciated! Interview With Joshilyn Jackson
Georgia author Joshilyn Jackson, who's said her work is influenced by Flannery O'Connor, has a new book out. Writer Joe Mayes caught up with her at a book signing for "A Grown Up Kind of Pretty" at Malaprop's in Asheville last month. Read his interview with her and find out why she compares her books to ex-boyfriends here. Oxford American vs. Garden & Gun
In case you missed Oxford American Editor Marc Smirnoff's rant about Garden & Gun magazine's "whitewashing of the South" earlier this week, you can get a link and read our intern Kati Jane Hammet's response here. Mr. Magazine blog has
An interview with Joshilyn Jackson.
by Joe Mayes New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson visited Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina, on February 12 to talk about her latest book, “A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty” (released January 25 by Grand Central Publishing). Before she met with more than 30 ardent fans in the bookstore’s café to read passages from and sign copies of her new book, Jackson sat down for a conversation that covered everything from writing and publishing to boyfriends, Krispy Kreme donuts and selling babies.
New Deep South contributor Hunter Murphy in Birmingham sent us a video of a Louisiana boy who's rising to the top on this season of American Idol. Joshua Ledet (pronounced "Luhday" in these parts despite what Ryan Seacrest says) hails from Westlake, Louisiana.
There’s nothing wrong with choosing a South to depict, just so long as you recognize that it’s not THE South. Lots of people, from cavaliers to carpetbaggers to snowbirds, have been seeing the South through a money-colored lens for generations. Thank God it’s not the only lens in town, though.
While "The Help" didn't take home best picture at the Academy Awards last night, and Viola Davis's best actress award went instead to Meryl Streep, it was still a great night for the South. Octavia Spencer was recognized as best supporting actress for "The Help," thanking her family and home state of Alabama, Mississippi got plenty of nods, and a little film made in Louisiana won best animated short.
In celebration of our Southern Literary Trail App and Southern lit in general, we're excited to kick off "Literary Fridays" every week here at Deep South. We'll be sharing glimpses into the locations featured in our app, plus literary news, websites and blogs, reading material and more that pertains to the South. We hope you'll all join in the conversation as well by commenting on posts, sharing your own literary jaunts and joining us in special, upcoming Twitter chats.
A pair of stories about unexpected friendships in unexpected places.
Earlier today, we got an email with an infographic from Banyan Branch, a Seattle-based social media agency, depicting buzz online for the Oscar nominees. Find out how much buzz "The Help" is getting on Facebook and Twitter and how many people are talking about Viola Davis's performance as Aibileen.
Here in South Louisiana, we've been celebrating Mardi Gras since Friday. Now that Ash Wednesday is upon us, the revelry is over, but we wanted to share a few pics taken throughout the weekend in Lafayette and out in the country in Eunice.
A new exhibit in St. Landry Parish depicts the Courir de Mardi Gras. "A day like this