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Literary Friday, Edition 80

Notes From the Louisiana Book Festival 

ritatandeWe had a fabulous time at the Louisiana Book Festival last weekend! Editor Erin Z. Bass was joined by Traveling With T blogger Tamara Welch on Friday afternoon, and the two had cocktails on the Tsunami rooftop overlooking the Mississippi River before heading to the authors’ party at the State Library. There, they caught up with Rita Leganski (pictured) and Manuel Gonzales before turning in for the night at Hotel Indigo. The next morning, it was straight over to the book festival grounds for a quick cup of coffee before Erin’s interview with Rita on “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.” After that, it was a mad rush down to the House Chamber for Erin’s interview with Shirley Ann Grau in front of a packed house (video below). The afternoon was also a full schedule with the likes of Lou Gossett Jr., The Shoe Burnin’ crew, Wally Lamb and many more authors making appearances. There was no way to catch it all, and at one point Erin and Tamara took a break in the cooking tent to watch Kit Wohl demonstrate how to make fried chicken gumbo and sample some of her rum iced tea. They also spent time in the book tent, where signed copies of books by many of the authors in attendance were available for sale. Authors also headed there after their sessions to sign live, and a guy from Dallas had a bag packed full of Grau’s books for her to sign.

The festival is still counting the attendance numbers but predicts a record-breaking year. See more photos on our Facebook page and video of Rita’s interview on our YouTube channel.

Fall Reading Author Watch & Giveaway

mrslincolnToday we have a copy of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini to give away! One of our Fall/Winter Reads, this book spotlights one of the unsung characters of the Lincoln administration: Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Born a slave, she made her way to the White House through her skill with a needle, becoming one of Mary Todd Lincoln’s closest and most trusted friends. To *enter to win, just comment on Literary Friday through the weekend and we’ll choose a winner on Monday.

The New York TimesBooks to Watch Out For: November includes Flannery O’Connor’s A Prayer Journal and White Girls, published by McSweeney’s, which includes O’Connor among figures who were marginalized from mainstream society because of their race, gender, or sexuality.

Fannie Flagg shares her favorite books about female heroes on Goodreads.

Read an excerpt from Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly’s The Tilted World in The Oxford American.

Literary News

The New York Times announced this week that Tavis Smiley is writing a book titled Death of a King that explores the attacks on Martin Luther King Jr.’s in the year leading up to his death.

We reported on Harper Lee suing her hometown museum in Monroeville, Alabama, this week.

Gone With the Wind tour guide Peter Bonner in Atlanta has made a video about his effort to save the facade of Tara used for the movie version, which has been in storage for years. He hopes to piece it back together and open it for public display in the near future. Since today is Margaret Mitchell’s birthday, we thought it was appropriate viewing.

The New Yorker has an interesting comparison between “12 Years a Slave” and the 1938 movie “Jezebel” starring Bette Davis.

Vote for the Year’s Best Books on Goodreads through November 9.

The deadline to enter the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Fiction Contest is November 15. Online submissions are preferred, and the grand prize is $1,500.

Literary Events

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

scarlettandrhettThe Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia, will host Rhett & Scarlett Reunited … For The Evening tonight, 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 tomorrow 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 

The Spin, a story about a Nashville songwriter trying to explain his job to his parents, by Doug Hoekstra.

*We will only mail copies of giveaway books to winners living in the United States. If you’re located outside of the country, feel free to comment but please disclose that you are not eligible to win.

To find out more about Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android

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  • Britney Adams / November 8, 2013

    Great picture, girls!

    I would love to win a copy of MRS. LINCOLN’S DRESSMAKER!!

  • Terri / November 8, 2013

    I would love to read Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, and what could be better than winning a copy?
    BTW, Deep South Magazine is way cool!

  • Suzy / November 8, 2013

    I’d love the opportunity to read this book. I’ve heard a lot about it. Thanks!

  • Jennifer / November 9, 2013

    I’ve wanted to read this book….. Sounds fantastic!!

  • Carl / November 9, 2013

    Glad to see everyone had a good time at the LBF, it looks like a great event. Please enter my name in the draw to win a copy of Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest book. She’s a particular favorite around here. Thanks very much.

  • BEBE / November 9, 2013

    I’d love to win this book ~ historical books are my favorite! Thanks for the nice giveaway! 🙂

  • Susanr / November 9, 2013

    Would love to win a copy of this book. I always enjoy books by this author.

  • Susan / November 9, 2013

    I would live this!! Mom used to have a fabric store(42 yrs!) and I inherited her love of sewing!

  • Wendy / November 9, 2013

    Thank you for the chance to win! Love Jennifer Chiaverini’s books!

  • anne / November 10, 2013

    Thanks for this fascinating historical novel which interests me greatly.