Literary Friday, Edition 102
The Belles on Wheels tour of indie romance authors will make stops in seven Southern citites, starting with Atlanta today. We meet the authors and get their thoughts on Southern lit.
Micah Conkling compiled our Summer Arts Preview, which includes one must-read book this season and a book to film.
Flavorwire honors Tennessee-born writer James Agee this month and examines his work as part of its author club.
Judy Garrison travels Beyond the Buoy in the Florida Keys, exploring why Cuba and the Bahamas held such allure for Hemingway and other travelers.
The Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia, continues its 75 cent admission fee through tomorrow as part of National Tourism Week and the 75th anniversary of “Gone With the Wind.”
Fox Theatre in Atlanta is showing “Gone With the Wind” as part of the 75th anniversary celebration July 27. Tickets go on sale today and are expected to go fast, so head on over to their website as soon as you’re done with Literary Friday!
In Lupita In The Mirror, The New York Times‘ delves into “12 Years A Slave” star Lupito Nyong’o’s status as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” her shot on the cover and what it means for African-Americans.
As a play off of National Poetry Month in April, May has been designated as Short Story Month. Follow @ShortStoryMonth on Twitter and use the hashtag #shortreads to tag your stories. We’ll be posting short fiction on Fridays throughout the month.
Recap: The 15th annual Fitzgerald Gala at the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, was a night to remember on May 3. Guests in flapper attire, masks and sharp suits filled the front lawn, dancing to the jazzy sounds of the Lo-Fi Rangers on a tile dancefloor printed with “S & Z,” mingling with special guest author Clifton Spargo and bidding on silent auction items. Above photo by Thomas Lucas of Indie Film Lab in Montgomery. See more party pics here.
The Mockingbird Players will perform their annual version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” in Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville through May 17.
TurnRow Book Co. in Greenwood, Mississippi, has a full lineup of author events, including the Belles on Wheels Tour May 13.
Saints And Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans takes place May 15-18 with a focus on LGBT publishers, writers and readers.
Ellen Gilchrist appears at the Atlanta History Center’s Margaret Mitchell House May 21, where she will speak about her new short story collection Acts of God.
The inaugural Walker Percy Weekend will be held June 6-8 in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with panel discussions, themed dinners and a progressive Front Porch Bourbon Tour.
Save the date for the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference with the theme “Faulkner and History” July 20-24 in Oxford, Mississippi.
New in Southern Voice
A Friend, a short story about a small-town barber down on his luck, by ninth generation Mississippian Robert Clanton.