Literary Friday, Edition 137
The biggest literary news of the year — and possibly our lifetime — came with the announcement that Harper Lee will publish a second novel this summer. Go Set a Watchman is said to be a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird featuring an adult Scout who returns home to Maycomb to visit her father. The book is already a best-seller from pre-orders on Amazon and will be released in July. While this is certainly exciting news for fans of TKAM and the literary world in general, it comes with some skepticism and concern. Read our thoughts on The Fragile State of Harper Lee and Why Go Set a Watchman Isn’t Exactly Great News.
Queen Sugar Author Natalie Baszile also had some good news to share this week via her Facebook page. She posted a picture of herself with Ava DuVernay announcing that the Selma director is teaming up with Oprah to create an original drama series for OWN inspired by Queen Sugar.
Our Books & Film Notes for Week 4 are up as we discuss Louisiana author Rebecca Wells’ Little Altars Everywhere and the connections between her and Kate Chopin.
Toni Morrison has an excerpt from her forthcoming novel in The New Yorker about the black child of a high yellow woman titled “Sweetness.”
Best Books of the Month for February on Goodreads includes The Marauders, set after the BP oil spill, by Tom Cooper.
Get the recipe for Molded Mulatto Rice, inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, from the new Soul Food Love cookbook
Birmingham Public Library will host an Authors Expo tomorrow, with two workshops, more than 100 authors selling their books and publishers on hand to discuss the process.
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.
New Orleans musician Irvin Mayfield will perform a free concert of works inspired by writer Ernest Gaines February 24 at Angelle Hall on the UL Lafayette campus.
The Dahlonega Literary Festival in Georgia is scheduled for March 28-29 with featured authors Erika Marks, Ann Hite, Frances Mayes and Raymond Atkins.
Save the date for The Yokshop in Oxford, Mississippi, a three-day workshop with host M.O. Walsh scheduled for May 15-17.
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Our homepage has once again been taken over by a new book from Sarah Addison Allen. This month it’s First Frost about the Waverley women who are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree.
You may have also noticed the dashing picture of Scarlett and Rhett in an ad on our sidebar for the Official Home of Gone With the Wind. Step into their sweeping romance by visiting Clayton County, Georgia.
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