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Literary Friday, Edition 135

Twitter Chat & Giveaway With Hunter Murphy

Imogene in New Orleans cover- smallerDebut Birmingham, Alabama, author Hunter Murphy’s Imogene In New Orleans is a charming mystery that will have you wanting to hop a riverboat to the Big Easy. His lovable cast of characters — including spunky senior citizen Imogene, her hypochondriac son Billy, his partner Jackson, and English bulldog Goose — engage in some amateur sleuthing as they try to find out who killed their friend and artist Glenway Gilbert. Murphy treats readers to an exciting tour of New Orleans, complete with a second line parade and a high-speed chase through the French Quarter, while also presenting a plot filled with twists and turns.

Join us in chatting with Hunter Murphy today from 1-2 CST using the hashtag #southernlit. He’s promised to tell us more about his real-life inspiration for Imogene, his own bulldog and his future plans for a series. We also have three copies of the book to give away. Comment on our review and/or participate in the chat for a chance to win. We’ll announce winners on Monday, January 26. You must live in the U.S. to win.

Log into our chat room here. Tamara Welch of Traveling With T will be serving as co-host.

Literary News 

me&faulknerWe travel through Faulkner country in part one of our literary road trip to Oxford, Mississippi.

Get the notes for Books & Film – Week 2 as we discuss Lyle Saxon’s Children of Strangers about the Cane River Creoles.

The 2015 Edgar Nominees have been announced and include Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy for Best Novel.

Read about Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Southern Lit Alliance and its plans to engage a new audience in 2015 on nooga.com.


Literary Events 

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, his never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited through February 14, 2015 at AKG Gallery in New Orleans.

Natalie_Baszile_1booksigning with Natalie Baszile (pictured) 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.

OUTSpoken workshops will be held 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.

Save the date for the two Tennessee Williams celebrations in March, one in Key West, Florida, March 2-31 and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 25-29.


New in Southern Voice 

Uptown Ruler, a story by Marc Goldin about a Mardi Gras Indian in New Orleans trying to finish his suit.


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. 


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