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Literary Friday, Edition 47

Note: You’ll notice we titled today’s Literary Friday “Edition 47.” We’ll be including a number from now on to help track and refer back to specific editions. No. 47 also means only three to go until we reach 50, a definite cause for celebration and a book giveaway!

Ernie K-Doe Booksigning

Wednesday night author Ben Sandmel came to Lafayette to sign copies of his new book “Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans.” Fans of New Orleans music, along with those who remember singing along to K-Doe’s 1961 hit “Mother-in-Law,” will want to read this biography of the lovable eccentric whose legacy still lives on through The Mother-in-Law Lounge and a life-sized mannequin in his likeness. Pictured below is poet Darryl Bourque with Sandmel, who got his start writing about South Louisiana music by interviewing zydeco legend Clifton Chenier. Stay tuned for more on Sandmel, his book and video of him talking about what it was like to know Ernie K-Doe.

Literary News & Blogs 

Flavorwire has compiled a slideshow of 30 Gorgeous and Delicious Literary Cakes that includes one of “The Help” and a cupcake mini library.

Read a firsthand account of author Joshua Clark’s extended relationship with Tennessee Williams’ personal secretary Victor Campbell, who notoriously carries a briefcase of Williams memorabilia around New Orleans, in A Suitcase Named Desire.

Backspace Bar & Kitchen has been announced as a sponsor of the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Find out more about the literary-themed establishment in a Q&A with the owner.

She Reads has announced its March Book Club selection: The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, the tale of a mute boy who exposes a murder in 1950s New Orleans, by Rita Leganski.

We first heard about Flannery O’Connor’s forthcoming Journal of Prayers at the symposium on the author held here in Lafayette last fall. According to Amazon, the book is set to be released in November.

Publishers Weekly is asking readers to vote on the Great American Novel. Is it “The Great Gatsby,” “Gone With the Wind,” “The Sound and the Fury” or “To Kill a Mockingbird?” We certainly can’t decide, but the latter is in the lead.

(Non)Required Viewing

Author Amy Franklin-Willis tells you why your book club should read “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” now out in paperback and one of our 10 Spring Reads.

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.

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

See Arkansas food writer Kat Robinson March 17 at New Orleans’ French Market, where she’ll be signing copies of her book “Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State” at 2 p.m.

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.

Oconee Community Theatre will present To Kill a Mockingbird April 12-14 and 19-21 in Seneca, South Carolina, as part of its 2012-2013 season.

Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, starts its annual performances of To Kill a Mockingbird April 18 at the Old Courthouse Museum. Shows run Thursday through Sunday, ending May 18.

The Alabama Book Festival will be held April 20 in Montgomery, with a focus on books about food. So far, authors include Sonny Brewer, Michael Morris and Peggy Allen.

New in Southern Voice 

A Brief Silence, a story about a drug deal gone bad in the haunting setting of an illegal junkyard in the Deep South, by James Redd.

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 Brief Silence
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