Literary Friday, Edition 71
Summer’s End Book Giveaway
The arrival of Labor Day signaled the end of white pants and summer reading, but we’re not quite done over here. As we make way on our shelves for fall/winter reads, we need to find a home for the two books pictured below. Comment on Literary Friday and tell us why they should be yours, and we’ll choose two winners at random on Monday.
Michael Farris Smith’s “Rivers” and “Jim Henson: The Biography” made Goodreads’ September 2013 Movers & Shakers. Stay tuned for our interview with Smith and a book giveaway of “Rivers” next week!
The Huffington Post has a few fall reading picks from “The Unbreakable Child” author Kim Michele Richardson, including “Looking for Me” by Beth Hoffman and “The Storycatcher” by Ann Hite.
Another exciting tidbit for fall reading is that Joshilyn Jackson is releasing an original e-short called “My Own Miraculous” in October. Sounds like an excuse to finally give in and get that e-reader.
Speaking of Jim Henson, his company, along with Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group, is looking for the author of a new novel set in the world of Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Submissions will be accepted from October 1 through December 31.
Wilton Barnhardt’s “Lookaway, Lookaway” got a well-deserved positive review in The New York Times, which called the book “an excellent long novel that’s not long enough.”
The AJC Decatur Book Festival announced that it drew a record 85,000 people over Labor Day weekend. “The 2013 AJC Decatur Book Festival was an amazing success and broke all attendance records,” said Program Director Philip Rafshoon.
The New Yorker‘s profile of Claire Danes, who was interviewed in Charlotte, North Carolina, while on the set of “Homeland,” is a fascinating look at the actress who will bring back her character of Carrie Mathison on September 29 and who literally puts her whole body into whatever role she’s playing.
The 12th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes continues through September 8 in Columbus, Mississippi. The Stella Shouting Contest is today at 5:30 p.m., followed by “Period of Adjustment” at Mississippi University for Women at 8 p.m. Tomorrow includes the Streetcar Run and a showing of “Suddenly, Last Summer,” with the Victorian Home Tour and a booksigning by Michael Farris Smith on Sunday.
A major survey of Edgar Allan Poe’s career opens October 4 at Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. Comprising more than a hundred works that explore Poe’s fiction, poetry, literary criticism and influence on diverse writers, “Terror of the South” will be on display through January 26.
The Southern Festival of Books in Nashville will take place October 11-13 at War Memorial Plaza. This year’s authors include Ace Atkins, Rick Bragg, Wiley Cash, Therese Ann Fowler, Tom Franklin, Ann Hite, Jill McCorkle, Mary Alice Monroe, Susan Rebecca White and many more.
Save the date for the Louisiana Book Festival, scheduled for November 2 in Baton Rouge this year. More details coming soon!
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