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Literary Friday

Dreaming  & Chatting With Amy Hill Hearth 

This afternoon, from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST), we’ll be chatting with author Amy Hill Hearth about her new book “Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society.” Set in 1960s Florida, the book is about Yankee Jackie Hearth, who comes to town and shakes things up with a radio show called “Miss Dreamsville” and a book club of the non-Junior League variety. Hearth dishes about the “real” Miss Dreamsville and inside story of how the book came to be in our interview with her this week. About the chat, she tweets: “We’ll be discussing small-town life (good and bad) in far-south Florida circa 1962, before the Yankees invaded.”

Literary News & Blogs 

Big news this week is that David Fincher may be the one to direct the film version of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.” Hopefully he realizes that the only thing Lisbeth Salander and Amy Dunn have in common are a cunning mind.

Zora! Fest in Eatonville, Florida kicks off this weekend. West Orlando News Online has more on the festival’s HATitude Party, which celebrates Hurston’s penchant for headwear.

During Monday’s presidential inauguration, Richard Blanco was the first openly gay Latino to be invited to read the inaugural poem. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Blanco read his poem “One Today,” a sweep of the American landscape from the Smokies to the Great Lakes.

The New Yorker also has a brief history of inaugural poems, starting with Robert Frost.

New television show “The Following” premiered on Fox Monday night. Starring Kevin Bacon, the show’s premise is that an imprisoned serial killer inspired by Edgar Allan Poe has in turn inspired cult followers to continue his work. The LA Times isn’t buying it, and we’re not sure if we are either.

Thanks to Flavorwire for posting 10 Books You Should Read Instead of Watching ‘Buckwild.’ Set in West Virginia, the show is a redneck version of “Jersey Shore,” but the site’s reading list offers a dose of Appalachia without having to watch the gang ride on trashcan lids or go squirrel hunting.

Literary Events

Recap: The Pulpwood Queens’ Book Club’s Girlfriend Weekend is over, but you can see plenty of pics of author attendees in their “Gilded Age” costumes over at SheReads.

Honoring author Zora Neale Hurston, Zora! Fest starts tomorrow in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida, and runs through February 3.

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.

Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg, South Carolina, will hold a feature writing workshop with Lyn Riddle on March 2.

Florida’s Antiquarian Book Fair will be held March 8-10 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. It’s the Southeast’s oldest and largest, with more than 115 dealers expected.

The Mississippi Delta Cultural Tour will take participants on a literary jaunt through the Delta March 17-20. Based in Greenwood, the tour stops at Turnrow Book Company, the plantation house where Tennessee Williams’ “Baby Doll” was filmed, Cat Head Records and lots more.

New in Southern Voice

Poem Pass the Butter, My Love by Memphis native Michael Graber and short story Pub Chug-a-Lug by Floridian Michael Cuglietta.

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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