Literary Friday, Edition 133
New Year’s Resolutions
In planning out our editorial calendar for the coming year, we decided to create a Southern Bucket List for 2015 that challenges readers with 12 items — from taking a literary road trip to eating more veggies. Several other items related to Southern literature are included, and we’re encouraging readers to share their experiences using the hashtag #DSBucketList all year long.
Also related to the New Year is the premise of Atlanta author Colleen Oakley’s debut novel Before I Go. In the book, her main character Daisy is dying of cancer and tasked with living life to the fullest before she goes. We asked Oakley to share her own “bucket list” for 2015 with us, and she came up with some fun items like learning to tell when a watermelon is ready to be picked to meeting Jason Bateman.
Here’s to a Happy New Year no matter what feats your own bucket list includes!
Save the date for our January 23 Twitter chat with new author Hunter Murphy! On staff at Birmingham Public Library and creator of our ever-popular Greatest Bromances in Southern Literature list, Murphy’s first novel Imogene in New Orleans is hot off the press.
Still not sure about those resolutions? Flavorwire has 50 Books to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions.
Southern Independent Booksellers Association has announced its 2015 Winter Okra Picks, including Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm and Soil by Jamie Kornegay.
We have a guest post from travel photographer and writer Gayle Harper, who spent 90 days traveling the Mississippi River for her new book Roadtrip With a Raindrop.
The Key West Literary Seminar takes place through January 11 with the theme “How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit,” which will investigate literature’s relationship to the inexplicable. Authors scheduled to appear include Marilynne Robinson and Wally Lamb.
OUTSpoken workshops will be held January 17, February 21 and March 28 at Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, to create a platform for the LGBTQ+ community to record and perform the experiences of sex- and gender-diverse individuals in the South.
A booksigning with Natalie Baszile for Queen Sugar at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, is scheduled for January 30.
The Cahaba River Literary Journal is holding a writing contest for its debut issue in April. All submissions must be about April (your cat named April, your wife, sister, secret love or the month itself) and postmarked February 1.
The Savannah Book Festival is February 12-15 with special guests Janet Evanovich, P.J. O’Rourke and Anne Rice.
New in Southern Voice
Burning Pine, a winter poem by Liz Purvis.
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 fall road trips.