Literary Friday, Edition 53
Sponsored Giveaway: Literary Legends of Yazoo
Not too often do we get to experience the legends of the past brought to life in front of our eyes. The late Willie Morris is the literary father to one such legend, the “Witch of Yazoo.” But, Yazoo County, Mississippi, is home to many more stories of legend, both famous and infamous. A visit to the Ricks Memorial Library, a Mississippi Literary Landmark in recognition of its association with author Willie Morris, and a walk down the Henry Hershel Brickel Memorial Yazoo Literary Walkway will leave you wondering about and wandering toward the real-life stories behind the legends of Yazoo.
While you’re there, be sure to ask about, “Laure: The History of a Blighted Life.” The tale, passed down by word of mouth for generations, and originating from the true story of a forbidden French/Yazoo romance and marriage of a local doctor in the 1800s, is one you won’t soon forget. Not many have been able to read the details of the tale, as nearly all copies of the book were destroyed by the doctor’s family. One exists today in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and Ricks Memorial Library has a photocopy in its Special Collections.
You could win your own photocopy of the book, along with a fun set of Yazoo County memorabilia to help you in planning your own literary jaunt. Comment and tell us why you want to hear more about the legends of Yazoo, and the Yazoo folks will help us choose a winner on Monday. NOTE: This giveaway has been extended until Wednesday, April 24!
National Poetry Month News
We’ve got a guest post by Texas poet Annie Neugebauer this week about The Poetry of Place.
Poet Robert Frost’s 10 Favorite Books of All Time in The Christian Science Monitor includes the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
Nashville writer KC Gibbons is celebrating National Poetry Month by joining us in posting a poem a day on her blog.
Florida poet John Davis Jr. was interviewed in Melinda McGuire’s Southern Creatives series this week. Find out how he’s celebrating National Poetry Month by following him on Twitter @poetjohndavisjr.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s fourth annual Poetry Contest is now open for submissions, with three-time United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky as judge. Submissions will be accepted through August 15.
In Other Literary News …
“Shine, Shine, Shine” author Lydia Netzer has a post about the Fly-By-Sci-Fi writing contest for flash fiction to benefit Up Center Books in Norfolk, Virginia. The deadline to enter is June 15.
As “The Great Gatsby” movie date nears, Vogue has video of actress Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy, reading from the novel as she models flapper fashions.
After not choosing a winner in the fiction category last year, the Pulitzer Prize committee chose Adam Johnson’s “The Orphan Master’s Son” as this year’s winner. As a result, Ernest Hemingway’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech from 1954 made the social media rounds this week.
Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” Read The New York Times op-ed piece titled “Dr King’s Righteous Fury” to find out more about the motivations behind King’s letter.
Deep South friend and reader Tamara Welch has a post about meeting author Jill McCorkle (pictured) at a booksigning in Mississippi and getting the backstory on her new novel, “Life After Life.”
Featured Event: Author of the new novel “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” Therese Ann Fowler will be at the Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, on Sunday for a booksigning. The museum invites the public to come and enjoy refreshments and ask Fowler their burning questions about her experience delving into the wonderful, zany and sometimes tragic world of Montgomery’s own literary muse. The event starts at 2:30 p.m.
Oconee Community Theatre will present To Kill a Mockingbird this weekend 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 at the Old Courthouse Museum this weekend as well. Shows run Thursday through Sunday, ending May 18.
The Alabama Book Festival will be held Saturday in Montgomery, with a focus on books about food. So far, authors include Sonny Brewer, Michael Morris and Peggy Allen.
The Alabama Writers Symposium presents Rick Bragg, Cassandra King, Sue Walker and more at Alabama Southern Community College April 25-27.
Experience Poetry in Vicksburg will be held at Warren County Library Auditorium April 27 from 3-5 p.m. with a a poetry reading, panel discussion and audience Q&A by Jack Bedell, Julie Kane and Irene Latham.
New in Southern Voice
A pair of poems about misbehavin: “Misbehavin” by Tracy Lynn Darling and “The wild ones” by Michael Gebelein.