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Literary Friday, Edition 94

Life or Death With Kate Sweeney

americanafterlifeAtlanta-based author Kate Sweeney’s new book American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning puts death in perspective through interviews with obituary writers, funeral directors and ordinary people who deal with death in everyday life. Sweeney traveled the country, making stops at the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, Illinois, Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta and Ramsey Creek Preserve, the first green burial cemetery in the nation, located in Westminster, South Carolina, in search of the best way to live our lives — and the best way to die. Read our interview with her here, and mark your calendar for her book launch party at Manual’s Tavern in Atlanta on March 14.

Literary News 

We were thrilled with the outcome of the Oscars on Sunday. “12 Years a Slave” received the much-deserved honor of Best Picture and, while Julia Roberts didn’t win for “August: Osage County,” Editor Erin Z. Bass was inspired to write a review titled Tennessee Williams Meets Faulkner in August: Osage County.

And thanks to promos during the Oscars, we all know that ABC’s new show Resurrection starts on Sunday. What you may not know is that it’s based on the book The Returned by North Carolina author Jason Mott.

In preparation for the final episode of “True Detective” this Sunday, check out Ranker’s 5 Writers to Read to Better Understand True Detective and our own The Literary True Detective

Flavorwire’s 10 Must-Read Books for March includes Texas-born Brandon Hobson’s Deep Ellum and Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation.

Read about the American Shakespeare Center troupe’s 25th anniversary over at Getaways for Grownups. The troupe performs at Blackfriars Playhouse, a replica of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater, in Staunton, Virginia.

We’re Anticipating the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival over here and compiled a list of the events we’re most looking forward to this year. Join us March 19-23 in the city that Williams called his “spiritual home.”

#Southernlit Social 

Our favorite tweet this week came from author Erika Marks and references a Literary Friday last month in which we posted a pic of her new book cover. View it here.


Literary Events

Birmingham Public Library holds its monthly Bards & Brews series tonight with a focus on haiku, a sake tasting and Japanese craft sale, in addition to live poetry performances.

memberofweddingDahlonega Literary Festival will take place this weekend with authors Kim Boykin, Joshilyn Jackson, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Erika Marks, Charles McNair and more.

Key West will celebrate Tennessee Williams’ birthday all month with weekly films, exhibits, a poetry contest and more, culminating in a reception on March 26.

The Sweet Potato Queens’ annual Zippity Doo Dah weekend kicks off March 20 and runs through the 23 in Jackson, Mississippi’s Fondren district, with the parade on Saturday.

For fans of Carson McCullers, a marathon reading of The Member of the Wedding will take place March 22 in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia.

The Southern Literary Festival takes place March 27-29 at The University of Mississippi in Oxford and coincides with Oxford Conference for the Book.

See Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story at the Crossroads Film Festival in Oxford, Mississippi, April 3-6 and April 8 at the RiverRun Film Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

The Alabama Book Festival is scheduled for April 19 at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. This year’s authors include Susan Gregg Gilmore, Cassandra King, Charles McNair and lots more.

roseNew in Southern Voice 

The Color of a Rose, a story about a memorial tattoo artist, by Val Gryphin.


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

Photo Credit: Cemetery photo by a200/a77Wells from Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • Erika Marks / March 10, 2014

    Aw, I love it! Thanks so much for the DOUBLE love, Deep South. Wish you could have been at the festival–it was great, great fun!