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Literary Friday

After a holiday break, Literary Friday is back. We’ve been saving up lots of good literary links and news for y’all and also have some January Twitter chats to announce. Here’s to a well-read 2013!

January Twitter Chats 

Friday, January 18, 1-2 p.m. CST – Attica Locke, author of “The Cutting Season”

Friday, January 25, 1-2 p.m. CST – Amy Hill Hearth, author of “Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society”

Our Fall/Winter Reading List book giveaway also continues, with Erika Marks’ “The Mermaid Collector” going to Hallie Sawyer today for commenting on the list!

Literary News & Blogs 

As a response to Flavorwire’s slideshow of the 100 Most Important Writers Living in New York City, Tin House compiled a list of important writers living elsewhere. “The South is no stranger to great writers,” the piece says, going on to mention several authors you may not have heard of that would be great to check out in the New Year.

Harvard Magazine has an account of Tennessee Williams meeting Mother Theresa at a 1982 commencement ceremony that’s short, but powerful.

Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham made Apple’s iBookstore’s Top Selling Titles of 2012.

We’re excited about The Atlantic‘s Books to Look Forward to in 2013, including “Joyland” by Stephen King about a spooky North Carolina amusement park.

The Virginia Quarterly Review announced its Instapoetry Series of brief poems of 14 lines or less to be shared across social networks. All poets are invited to submit.

Flavorwire has a slideshow of famous authors playing in the snow that starts with Hemingway posing on skis.

Ragan.com has 10 writing tips from renowned authors that include a few gems from Elmore Leonard and Mark Twain.

Shortlist.com’s 50 Best Literary Insults has plenty of Southern literary zingers from “A Confederacy of Dunces” to “Gone With the Wind” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Book Riot’s 5 Women Writers Tougher Than Hemingway makes a strong case for pioneering ladies, one described as having the tenacity of a big game hunter.

Marc Smirnoff vs. The Oxford American made The Huffington Posts‘s Literary Feuds of 2012 list, along with The Faulkner Estate vs. Woody Allen.

(Non)Required Viewing

Kentucky author Holly Goddard Jones, who The New York Press predicted “could very well join the tradition of America’s great Southern writers,” talking about her debut novel, “The Next Time You See Me,” due out in mid-February.

New in Southern Voice

Say When, a story about how to treat your neighbors, by North Carolina writer Caralyn Davis.

To find out more about Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, now available direct from iTunes and for Android.

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