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Review of Kat Kennedy’s “Flamingo Funeral” 

A finalist in New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s annual Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, author Kat Kennedy’s novella Flamingo Funeral is now out in paperback. Including five other short stories and with the full title “Flamingo Funeral And Tales From The Land Of Tea Cakes And Whiskey,” this self-published collection reveals a hard-living South, where burying relatives isn’t as easy as it sounds, young girls find ways to escape their drunk fathers and one woman takes to shooting at her relatives. Flamingo Funeral is about one family’s struggle to bury their Uncle Gus, calling to mind Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying.” Read Rebecca Lynn Aulph’s review of the book here and order it on Amazon or for your Kindle.

Literary News & Blogs 

It’s been 50 years since children’s book character Amelia Bedelia made her debut. Harper Collins will be celebrating all year long, and Mental Floss has a list of 10 Amelia Bedelia-isms. Remember the time she “drew” the drapes? Oh, Amelia.

Atlanta magazine has an article titled “Dear Mammy” about newly discovered letters that reveal the friendship between Margaret Mitchell and Hattie McDaniel.

Check out Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey reading from her book “Native Guard” on Twitter’s new Vine app.

Wiley Cash’s award-winning book “A Land More Kind Than Home” is now out in paperback. Cash will be on tour for the release, stopping first in Austin, Texas, on February 4, then heading to North Carolina and Tennessee.

We examine whether Fox’s new show “The Following” is honoring or desecrating Edgar Allan Poe in our Arts & Lit section this week.

Quote Investigator Garson O’Toole has discovered that Hemingway’s six-word story “For sale, baby shoes, never worn” may not have actually been written by him. He tracks the origin of the phrase and how it came into Hemingway’s hands on his blog this week.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Baltimore townhouse is for sale for $450,000. He and Zelda lived there from 1933-35, and the house looks to have retained its early 20th century charm. See the full listing here.

A previously unpublished and undiscovered poem by Carl Sandburg was discovered in the North Carolina author’s archives at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library recently. Titled “Revolver,” the poem explores the power of a gun, with lines like “It delivers unmistakable ultimatums.”

Literary Events 

Harvin Clarendon County Library in Manning, South Carolina, kicks off a two-day birthday party for children’s book character Amelia Bedelia today. Current author of the books Herman Parish will speak, and Amelia herself will make an appearance.

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.

Casa Azul in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, will host a poetry reading by Diane Moore and Brad Richard, followed by an open mic of crazy love poems, on February 14 for Valentine’s Day.

In Lafayette, Louisiana, the Friends of the Humanities are offering a “New Orleans in Fiction and Film” class that’s open to the public. Starting February 20 and running on Wednesday nights for five weeks, the class will be held on the UL Lafayette campus and include a visit from author Ben Sandmel.

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, will holds its annual Stars & Starlets Gala March 2. Tickets are only $35, and an art and film festival will also be held in the days leading up to the event.

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.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival box office is now open. Tickets for the March 20-24 festival can be purchased through the website.

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  • Conrad Deitrick / February 5, 2013

    Looks like they pulled the Fitzgerald townhouse listing back off the market, unless someone already bought it. Pity the schools there are atrocious, because we happen to be looking for a home to buy in Baltimore these days…