Literary Friday, Edition 119
Nicholas Sparks makes his TV debut on Lifetime Saturday night with the Civil War drama “Deliverance Creek.” We talk to actor Christopher Backus (pictured), who plays a bushwhacker modeled after Jesse James in the show.
Val Marie Paper’s new Everyday Shop includes a tote for book lovers printed with the phrase “Currently Reading.”
The Secret Place author Tana French shares her favorite books about secrets on Goodreads, including Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.
Yesterday was William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry’s, birthday. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, he began to write short stories while in a Texas prison and is best remembered for “The Ransom of Red Chief and “The Gift of the Magi.”
The Southern Literary Review has named Gregory Alexander’s novel The Holy Mark its “Read of the Month” for September.
Past Southern Voice writer Jan Fink has announced the publication of her first collection of fictional short stories titled Tales from a Strange Southern Lady.
Entries for the eighth annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence are due October 1. The award honors outstanding fiction from rising African-American writers with a $10,000 cash prize. Most recent winner is Attica Locke, author of The Cutting Season.
27 Writers on Whether or Not to Get Your MFA in Flavorwire has some straightforward advice from Flannery O’Connor, who advises against it.
Photo Credit: Christopher Backus as Jasper in “Deliverance Creek” by Zade Rosenthal and courtesy of Lifetime.
An exhibit titled William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit is on display on the third floor of J.D. Williams Library on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford through December 12.
See George Singleton September 25 at Square Books in Oxford, where he’ll be signing copies of Between Wrecks.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is calling all poets to participate in 100 Thousand Poets for Change September 27.
The Eat Drink Read Write Festival will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, 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.
Close out the summer with Erika Marks, Kim Boykin and Barbara Davis at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Atlanta October 9.
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 includes Pat Conroy, Joshua Ferris, Amy Greene, Lisa Howorth, Joshilyn Jackson, Frances Mayes, Marja Mills, Ron Rash and George Singleton.
The Texas Book Festival in Austin will take place October 25-26 with the largest lineup of authors in its 19-year history, including Martin Amis, Ziggy Marley, Joyce Carol Oates and Hector Tobar.
Save the date for the Louisiana Book Festival November 1 in Baton Rouge with authors Jill McCorkle, Natalie Baszile, Rick Bragg, James Carville, Laura Lane McNeal, Ernest Gaines and lots more. Five writing workshops will be held in conjunction with the festival October 31 with author-instructors Jill McCorkle, Mark Dunn, Ava Leavell Haymon, Barbara Slate and Earl Swift.
New in Southern Voice
The Fight, a short story that serves as a snapshot in the life of a poor family in the old South, by Emily Wood.
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.