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Literary Friday, Edition 79

The Undramatic Life of Shirley Ann Grau

shirleygrauNew Orleans-born writer Shirley Ann Grau may be one of the most underrated in Louisiana’s canon, but she’s getting her day at the Louisiana Book Festival tomorrow. Editor Erin Z. Bass sat down with her at the Metairie Country Club last week and will be interviewing her live during the festival. There will also be a book discussion on her first novel The House on Coliseum Street, and Grau will be attending the authors’ party tonight. Read our interview with her here and stay tuned for pics, video and more from the festival next week.

While Grau is certainly the guest of honor at this year’s festival, she’s not the only reason to attend. We’re looking forward to seeing Wally Lamb, Rita Leganski, Kent Wascom, Lou Gossett Jr., Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, the premiere of The Shoe Burnin’ and lots more. See all of our festival coverage here.

Fall Reading Author Watch 

wiley cashJoshilyn Jackson’s e-short My Own Miraculous is now available and gives a preview of character Shandi Pierce from her new book Someone Else’s Love Story, coming November 19.

North Carolina novelist Wiley Cash talks about the impact libraries had on him and winning the inaugural Maine Readers’ Choice Award.

Literary News & Blogs

Adam Gopnik writes about the assassination of J.F.K., fifty years later, through the words of poets in The New Yorker.

Maria Popova examines Faulkner’s Little-Known Jazz Age Drawings With a Side of Literary Derision over at Brain Pickings.

williamfaulknerdrawingsSee the Gone With the Wind gown worn by Scarlett O’Hara that will go up for auction November 25 in Glamour magazine.

Pages Unbound interviewed Traveling With T blogger Tamara Welch about her favorite literary villains and which authors’ book covers she’d most like to model for.

Southernist has a post on Exorcising Your Ghosts, Honoring Your Dead that likens the paintings of Carroll Cloar (“Halloween” from 1960 is pictured at top) to the Gothic tendencies of Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor and Faulkner.

Margaret Eby’s 2011 Southern Gothic essay in The Paris Review made the rounds on Twitter yesterday for its opening line: “To grow up in the South is to be fed a steady diet of grits and ghost stories.” It’s worth re-reading before her book about Southern literary shrines comes out next year.

Literary Events

The Louisiana Book Festival is scheduled for tomorrow in Baton Rouge, with Wally Lamb, Shirley Ann Grau, Rita Leganski Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin and many more authors attending. See our preview of authors and events here.

Fannie Flagg will be at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Fairhope November 5 for a luncheon, discussion and booksigning for her new novel “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion.”

GLF-Info-PosterThe Festival of Words in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, will be held November 7-9 with readings by nationally recognized authors, creative writing workshops, a community stage for open mics and drive-by poetry.

The Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia, will host Rhett & Scarlett Reunited … For The Evening on November 8, Margaret Mitchell’s birthday and a VIP event where two new “Gone With The Wind” themed exhibits will be unveiled.

The Georgia Literary Festival will be held in Milledgeville on November 9 with special guests Sean Hill, Judson Mitcham and Bret Lott, along with a Flannery O’Connor Trolley Tour, Literary Libations Tour and performance by The Milledgeville Players.

The Key West Film Festival November 13-17 will feature special guest Mariel Hemingway and her film ”Running From Crazy” about her family’s history of mental illness. After the November 15 premiere and a Q&A session, a reception will be held at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

New in Southern Voice

Two poems: Edna, about the final thoughts of Kate Chopin’s character Edna Pontellier in The Awakening by Meagan Ruth Honea, and Loyalties, Savannah by honorary Southerner Tim Lynch.


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