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Literary Friday

Spring Reads are Here! 

We couldn’t wait until summer to share all the great books coming across our desk right now. Click here to see 10 Springs Reads, from fiction to biography and short stories, to hold you over until beach time.

Literary News & Blogs

“Calling Me Home” author Julie Kibler shares her personal writing space over at She Reads.

Jack Pendarvis reveals his love/hate relationship with the Oscars on his blog and relates Seth MacFarlane’s hosting to Flannery O’Connor’s story “Revelation.”

The book trailer for “Hemingway’s Girl” author Erika Robuck’s next book is out. Titled “Call Me Zelda,” it explores the endless party and inner turmoil of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s marriage through a fictional friendship Zelda forms with her nurse.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is coming up in just a few weeks. Not sure if you want to go? Check out the festival website’s 24 Hours of Tennessee: A Sample Day at the Festival to find out.

We also remembered Tennessee Williams on the anniversary of his death this week and celebrated Joshilyn Jackson’s birthday.

The city of Houston is seeking its first poet laureate. Submissions and nominations are welcome through March 8.

(Non)Required Reading

South Louisiana native Quvenzhané Wallis’s appearance at the Oscars on Sunday has spawned lots of news stories this week. From The Onion posting a seriously inappropriate tweet about her and then removing and apologizing for it to the media dubbing her “Little Q,” it seems that despite her loss to Jennifer Lawrence, Wallis will remain in the news far past her red carpet debut.

African American magazine UPTOWN has an article titled The Oscars, Quvenzhané & The C-Word that takes issue with giving the actress a nickname.

Meanwhile, The Huffington Post has a piece, complete with video, that puts Quvenzhané Wallis up against Honey Boo Boo and asks which little girl is it OK to make fun of?

Literary Events 

The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, has a special exhibit for the 170th anniversary of the “The Tell-Tale Heart” on display through March 31. The exhibit brings together a first printing of the story and 16 original drawings for comic book adaptations of the story by two acclaimed illustrators.

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama’s Stars & Starlets Gala is tomorrow night. Tickets are only $35, and a reading of Scott’s Hollywood stories is also planned for Sunday on the museum lawn.

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 is March 20-24. The annual festival opens with the New Orleans premiere of “A Tennessee Williams Songbook: Only A Paper Moon” and includes authors Nevada Barr, Silas House, Ayana Mathis and many more special guests.

New in Southern Voice 

The Bright Light, a poem by Malinda Dunlap Fillingim inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Granny Wise Never Misses a Mardi Gras Feast, a Lenten poem by Katie Bickham.

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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