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Literary Friday, Edition 115

Final Twitter Chat of the Summer With Kim Boykin! 

palmettomoonboykinThe author of The Wisdom of Hair is back with a new novel set in Charleston. Palmetto Moon has young bride Vada Hadley running away from the future that was so carefully planned for her less than 24 hours before 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 diner owner and chef 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. Read Lauren Moriarty’s review and interview with Boykin here and then chat with her on Twitter  from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) this afternoon using the hashtag #southernlit.

To enter to win a copy of Palmetto Moon, comment on Boykin’s interview through Monday.

We also have a recipe pairing of Devil Crab Cakes courtesy of Charleston Chef Frank Lee of Slightly North of Broad, inspiration for Frank Darling from Palmetto Moon.


Literary Road Trip Through Mississippi

Starting on Monday, Editor Erin Z. Bass and Wales journalist and TV producer Cerith Mathias will hit the road for Mississippi, with plans to explore literary sites from Jackson to Oxford. They’ll make a pit stop for Elvis in Tupelo and also venture over to Clarksdale and Tennessee Williams’ Moon Lake. Follow @deepsouthmag and @cerithmathias, along with the hashtag #SouthernLitRoad Trip, on Twitter for live updates.


Literary News 

The Daily Mail has an article about the historian who plans to restore Scarlett O’Hara’s Tara after discovering the set in an old barn.

Flannery O’Connor was remembered this week with a memorial Mass in Savannah to mark the 50th anniversary of her death. “Fifty years after her death Flannery still speaks to us,” said the Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland. 

whereheartisFans of Tate Taylor’s movie version of The Help may want to check out “Get On Up,” the new biopic about the life of James Brown. The movie was also filmed in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Literary South has a great roundup of book festivals across the region, starting this month.

Our UK contributor and Southern lit lover Cerith Mathias has launched mockingbird media, a new website dedicated to her writing, which often features Southern authors.

Several beloved Southern works, including To Kill A Mockingbird, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple made a new list of the Most Influential Books Written By Women created by the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Where the Heart Is novelist Billie Letts passed away last weekend at the age of 76. Her son, Tracey Letts, is the playwright who wrote August: Osage County.


Literary Events 

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

In the official home of Gone With the Wind, Stately Oaks Plantation will commemorate the Battle of Jonesboro September 6-7 with a living history demonstration on the grounds.

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 

What Keeps You Up At Night, a poem about sharks, boats and haints, by Dorsey Craft.


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. 

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