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Literary Friday, Edition 87

Literary News

flowersKaren White’s Return to Tradd Street is out this week, the fourth and final book in her bestselling Tradd Street series featuring fan favorites Melanie Middleton and Jack Trenholm.

Actress Joey King tweeted yesterday that filming for James Franco’s adaptation of Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” was wrapping up. His first foray into Faulkner with “As I Lay Dying” last last year was not well reviewed, so let’s hope he has better luck on his second try.

One book to screen adaptation we are excited about is Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic,” premiering January 18. Based on the cult classic by V.C. Andrews, the original movie tells the story of the Dollanganger kids (pictured), with Cathy played by “Mad Men”‘s Kiernan Shipka. Heather Graham takes the role of the mother Corinne with Ellen Burstyn as the evil grandmother.

mercySue Monk Kidd has been in the spotlight since her new novel, The Invention of Wings, was chosen as Oprah’s next book club read. Goodreads interviews her about her story, inspired by real-life Charleston sisters and abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke.

Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy was named a January 2014 Mover & Shaker by Goodreads. Mark your calendar for our interview, Twitter chat and giveaway with Cash on January 31!

Buzzfeed’s list of 16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year includes Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Dark Places, along with Serena by Ron Rash.

Get Michael Farris Smith’s novel about a Mississippi Gulf Coast that’s continuously hit by hurricanes, Rivers, for just $1.99 on Kindle today.

Atavist Books has announced its March launch with a digital-only novella by Swamplandia author Karen Russell. We’re hooked by her story description alone.

(Non)Required Reading

jennifer_weinerThe New Yorker‘s extensive profile of Jennifer Weiner. Subtitled “Jennifer Weiner’s quest for literary respect,” the piece details the Louisiana-born author’s criticism of the reception to women’s fiction and examines the question of why we read books in the first place.

Literary Events

The Key West Literary Seminar starts this weekend and continues January 16-19 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 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.

The Savannah Book Festival will be held February 13-16 with guest authors Wiley Cash, Alice Hoffman, Wally Lamb, Anita Shreve and more.

Save the date for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 19-23 with Dorothy Allison, Megan Abbott, Judith Chapman, Ann Hood, Diane Ladd and Laura Lippman.

crossroadsNew in Southern Voice

Legba, a Southern Gothic story by MB Sellers inspired by the Mississippi blues and the voodoo legend of the old man who stands at the crossroads and ushers souls into the afterlife.


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