Literary Friday, (Early) Edition 110
With Fourth of July weekend upon us, we bring you an early and abbreviated edition of Literary Friday today. Enjoy the holiday, and don’t forget to consult our Summer Reading List no matter where you’re headed.
Save the Date …
For next Friday’s Twitter chat with Erika Marks. We’ll be talking about her new book It Comes in Waves — quite possibly her best yet with a female main character who was once a competitive surfer. The story is set on South Carolina’s Folly Beach and includes themes of friendship, young love, infidelity and plenty of surfing. Our interview with Erika will be up before the chat, taking place July 11 from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) using the hashtag #southernlit. Erika is also providing a few books for giveaway, and we’re working on a signature cocktail. Don’t miss the fun!
One of our wonderful interns Jackie Gutknecht presents a tour of film spots from “Forrest Gump” as the movie celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
We talk with Megan Abbott about her year as John Grisham writer-in-residence upon the release of her new book The Fever and get some scoop on the Dare Me movie.
It was announced this week that Tennessee Williams’ hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, is hoping to start an annual festival in the playwright’s honor by staging one of his early works this November.
One of our summer reads, Flying Shoes made The Bitter Southerner’s Summer Reading Roundup. along with Greg Iles’ Natchez Burning and John Brandon’s Further Joy.
Author Lisa Howorth has created a playlist for her debut novel Flying Shoes over at The Oxford American.
Hemingway Days will take place in Key West, Florida, July 15-20, with highlights including the “Papa” Hemingway look-alike contest, prose and poetry readings, an offbeat “Running of the Bulls,” marlin tournament and the culmination of an internationally recognized short story competition directed by Ernest’s author granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.
See Patti Callahan Henry at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17 when she’ll be signing copies of The Stories We Tell.
The annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, with the theme “Faulkner and History,” will take place July 20-24 in Oxford.
Save the date for the Decatur Book Festival August 29-31 in Decatur, Georgia, with keynote speaker Joyce Carol Oates.
New in Southern Voice
Everything Must Go, a story about a guy searching for his estranged wife at a garage sale, by Daniel Leach.