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Literary Friday, Edition 114

Save the Date for our Final Twitter Chat of the Summer! 

palmettomoonboykinNo chat today, but next Friday is our final chat of the summer with author Kim Boykin. Her second novel, Palmetto Moon, has Charleston bride Vada Hadley running away from the future that was so carefully planned for her less than 24 hours from her wedding. Instead of seeing her impending marriage to Justin McLeod as a blessing, Vada sees it as a life sentence. She ends up in the small town of Round O and begins to fall head over heels for local business owner Frank Darling. Everything appears to be looking up until her old friend Darby tracks her down and Vada must face the life she left behind. Our review and interview with Kim will be up next week, and we’ll be chatting with her on Twitter August 8 from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) using the hashtag #southernlit. The book includes a few exclusive recipes from Frank Lee of S.N.O.B. in Charleston, so the topic of food is likely to come up and hopefully we’ll be able to share a recipe or two.

Until then, get more book ideas from our Summer Reading List.


Literary News 

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is being made into a movie by Warner Brothers, with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson co-producing.

The Guardian reviews the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson, who “captures both Blanche’s airy pretensions to grandeur and her desolate loneliness.”

gallerysignA zine of Flannery O’Connor portraits was released last month, consisting of illustrations by 14 artists whose mediums include everything from acrylic to cross stitch to custard. The zine is now available online for $10, and a portion of the proceeds benefit Andalusia Foundation. To find out more about the project, read Bitter Southerner‘s piece Flannery O’Connor Walks Among Us Still

New South Books has announced the first anthology of poetry from black-owned presses from the 19th century. Voices Beyond Bondage presents 150 poems by slaves, former slaves, the children of slaves and free people of African descent.

The Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, debuted the world’s first art gallery dedicated exclusively to Zelda Fitzgerald‘s work during her birthday party last week. In addition to being a writer herself, Zelda was an accomplished painter, and the museum has apportioned two of its rooms to host her work on a permanent basis. 


Literary Events

The Virginia Writers Club will host its annual writer’s symposium tomorrow with keynote speaker and author of Mockingbird Kathryn Erskine.

The Decatur Book Festival is scheduled for August 29-31 in Decatur, Georgia, with keynote speaker Joyce Carol Oates. See the full author list, including Ron Rash, Emily Giffin and Pat Conroy, here.


The 13th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes will be held September 8-14 in Columbus, Mississippi, with a production of “The Glass Menagerie,” the Moon Lake Party, a scholars presentation, the famous Stella Shouting Contest and lots more.

Save the Date for the Eat Drink Read Write Festival in Birmingham October 3-10, featuring the area’s best food and beverage offerings served up with a literary twist and including our own Editor Erin Z. Bass.

The 26th annual Southern Festival of Books is scheduled for October 10-12 in Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s theme is “A Celebration of the Written Word,” and the extensive list of authors confirmed is out now.

The Texas Book Festival in Austin will take place October 25-26 with authors Martin Amis, Ziggy Marley and Hector Tobar.


New in Southern Voice 

The Footbridge, a story depicting a year of cotton picking in the Mississippi Delta town by Memphis film producer William Bearden.


To find out more about your favorite Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android and perfect for those summer road trips. 


The Foot Bridge
Queen's Cousin
  • Heather Adams / August 1, 2014

    I always love your Literary Friday posts! I enjoyed Boykin’s first novel so I’m looking forward to this one, which sounds fun and cute. I’ll tune in next Friday for your chat with her.