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Literary Friday, Edition 48

Literary News & Blogs 

Of course the South has no shortage of authors on Lit Reactor’s list of 10 Big-Time Literary Drunks. Can you guess who once said, “I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius”?

Lit Reactor also has a piece about writing the grotesque that of course gives a nod to master Flannery O’Connor.

In big Southern literary news this week, Joshilyn Jackson announced on her blog that’s she’s writing a sequel and also gave a sneak peek of her new book “Someone Else’s Love Story” in a post titled “Never Say Never.”

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” had its world premiere in London last week at the Women of the World Festival. Watch a Q&A with Walker and Director Pratibha Parmar after the screening:

BookRiot reviews Karen Russell’s “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” one of our 10 Spring Reads, in its inaugural installment of Boy vs. Girl, in which a male and female reviewer read and debate new books.

Intern Kayla Smith compiled a list of upcoming movies about Jack Kerouac’s life and work in honor of his birthday this week.

The Times Picayune talks about how the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival celebrates a New Orleans hero and shows new facets of his talent this week.

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.

Author Wendy Wax will be making the Georgia rounds promoting her new book “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey,” which hits shelves April 2. She’ll be at FoxTale Bookshop in Woodstock March 30, Bookmiser April 1 and Book Exchange April 16 in Marietta, and Gwinnet County Public Library in Norcross April 25.

See Arkansas food writer Kat Robinson on Sunday 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. We’ll be attending all weekend so expect live tweets and posts from the fest!

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 pair of poems about living in the South: Alabama Coastal Plain by Martin Bennett and Family Affair by Jason Stocks.

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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