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Literary Friday

Upcoming Twitter Chats 

Twitter chats with authors on our Fall/Winter Reading List continue this month. Join us from 1-2 p.m. CST (2-3 p.m. EST) on the dates below using the hashtag #southernlit.

January 18 – “The Cutting Season” author Attica Locke
In “The Cutting Season,” Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling Louisiana plantation whose owners have turned the place into a thriving tourist attraction. When the dead body of a migrant worker is found on the grounds, Caren begins uncovering things she wishes she didn’t know. As she’s drawn into the dead girl’s story, she unearths new facts about a very old mystery that has ties to the current murder and discovers that Belle Vie and its beauty are not to be trusted.

January 25 – “Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society” author Amy Hill Hearth
This January selection of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club is about a wife transplanted from Boston to Florida in the 1960s who shakes things up in Naples by starting a literary salon and radio show. Calling herself “Miss Dreamsville,” Jackie Hart welcomes everyone into her book club, even the woman who allegedly killed her husband, a black woman and a young divorcee.

Literary News & Blogs

The Huffington Post has a photo of F. Scott Fitzgerald in drag, supposedly snapped in 1916 while the author was at Princeton University.

Flavorwire’s favorite profiles of favorite writers over the years includes those on Charles Portis and Padgett Powell.

Mental Floss has a list of 12 Gay Book Characters Turned Straight for the Movie Version that includes four Southerners. Can you guess who they are?

Livability has the Top 10 Cities for Book Lovers, including Charlotte, North Carolina, Coral Gables, Florida and Charlottesville, Virginia.

New Orleans Southern Food and Beverage Museum announced a partnership with Donald Link’s restaurant group for its forthcoming culinary library this week. The culinary literature collection will be available through the New Orleans Public Library later this year. (Full story coming soon!)

Literary Events 

The Key West Literary Seminar kicks off today with its first session, and activities run through January 20. Writer Judy Garrison is on the scene and will be reporting back to us later this month!

The Pulpwood Queens Book Club’s Girlfriend Weekend is January 17-20 in Jefferson, Texas. Channeling Zelda Fitzgerald with a “Gilded Age” theme, the weekend will present author panels, a Silent Movie Night Author Dinner, theater presentation and Saturday night ball. Special guests include Michael Morris, Karen Spears Zacharias, Amy Hill Hearth, Stephanie McAfee, Marybeth Whalen, Lisa Wingate, Patti Callahan Henry, Kimberly Brock, Janis Owens, Ann Hite, and the list goes on.

Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey will be at Emory University January 18 at noon reading from her work in between songs from Robert Schumann’s “Dichterleibe,” sung by tenor Bradley Howard. Entry is free, and the event will take place in the reception hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Zora! Festival in author Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown of Eatonville, Florida, runs January 26-February 3. Admission is free for many events, and locations vary. View the full schedule here.

Hear writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama Frye Gaillard talk about “The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir” at The Princess Theatre in Decatur, Alabama, February 11 at 7 p.m. Price is $10 and $5 for students and teachers.

New in Southern Voice

A Chance Encounter, a short short by Virginian Fred Shelton.

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.

A Chance Encounter
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