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For those of you who’ve been waiting, our list of Reads for Spring comes out next week!

Flavorwire has a slideshow of 15 Fascinating Foreign Posters for Classic Oscar Winners that includes a German one for “Gone With the Wind.”

We celebrated Carson McCullers’ birthday earlier this week by chatting with the director of Columbus University’s McCullers Center.

BookRiot’s list of 11 Authors Who Deserve Big Biographies Right Now includes Toni Morrison, Tom Wolfe and, perhaps most obvious for Southerners, Harper Lee.

Several Southerners were named most Unreliable Narrators in Literature by The Huffington Post. Can you guess who they are?

It was announced this week that an American Writers Museum will open in Chicago in 2015. According to the concept plan, the museum will include a Literary Lounge, Writers Hall and map that allows visitors to interactively explore works like Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “The Great Gatsby.”

(Non)Required Viewing

One of the gems we discovered during our recent travels in Arkansas is Tales From The South. Started seven years ago as a one-time show, today this literary-themed radio show airs every Thursday at 7 p.m. on KUAR FM 89.1 and is syndicated by World Radio Network. An unrehearsed showcase of Southern writers reading their true stories, the show is hosted from Starving Artist Cafe in North Little Rock on Tuesday nights. Past storytellers have included P. Allen Smith, Jill Connor Browne and Judge Reinhold. You can also listen to the show via iTunes, PRX, NPR, KUAR or attend in person for $5. The night we attended, writers included Conway teacher Alan Eastham, Little Rock resident Tyler Thompson and Little Rock blogger John Wells. Below is a clip of Wells reading from his story “Slipper Slopes” about what happens when Southerners go skiing.

Literary Events 

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, will hold 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.

New in Southern Voice

Comin’ Into Town, an essay about a black man coming into town for lunch during segregation, by Jonnia W. Smith. And if you missed our pair of Arkansas stories last week, click here.


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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