Literary Friday, Edition 86
Crazy in Alabama author and Monroeville native Mark Childress was recently announced as the winner of the 2014 Harper Lee Award, making him Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year. As his hometown prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his debut novel, A World Made of Fire, Childress says he is thrilled to receive an award named after his hero and will travel from his Key West home to accept the prize at the annual Alabama Writers Symposium in April. Upon hearing the news and having recently made a pilgrimage to Monroeville herself, Cerith Mathias interviewed Childress by phone and asked him about writing in the shadow of Harper Lee, his moment of fame with Eudora Welty and adapting books into movies. Click here to read.
Fannie Flagg Giveaway
Asked about his early days as a Southern writer, Mark Childress says, “When I started, there was me and there was Fannie Flagg. We were about it there for the first 10 years or so.” We have a copy of Flagg’s latest book, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, one of our Fall/Winter Reads, to give away today. Just comment on Literary Friday to enter, and we’ll choose a winner on Monday.
Also in Literary News …
From Gatsby to Grau, we compiled our Best Literary Moments of 2013 last week in case you missed the link.
Eudora Welty’s house in Jackson, Mississippi, now has its own lookalike Little Free Library out front, according to a report in the Clarion-Ledger.
Flavorwire’s 10 Must-Read Books For January includes The Trip to Echo Spring On Writers and Drinking. We’re sure you can guess which Southerners made the cut.
Get a first look at Gone Girl the movie in The Huffington Post. Ben Affleck is a fitting choice for Nick Dunne, with Amy to be played by English actress Rosamunde Pike.
Book blogger extraordinaire Tamara Welch of Traveling With T has a list of her Best Books of 2013. You’ll want to print this one out and get to the library/nearest bookstore.
The Key West Literary Seminar will be held January 9-12 and 16-19 this year with the theme “The Dark Side.” Guest authors include Megan Abbott, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Percival Everett, Gillian Flynn, Attica Locke and Joyce Carol Oates.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival along with Southern Rep presents New Play Bacchanal, a two-day extravaganza of plays, spoken word and discussion January 10-11 at Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.
The Atlanta History Center begins its 2014 Winter/Spring Lecture Series January 14 with James Carville and Mary Matalin on their new book Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. Future lectures will include Erskine Clark, Deborah Johnson, William Link, Kelly Corrigan, Nancy Horan, James McPherson, B.J. Novak, Karen Russell and more.
New in Southern Voice
Opal and the Hussy, a story about a middle-aged spinster living in rural Mississippi who encounters a buxom blonde on her front porch one afternoon, by Diane Thomas-Plunk.