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Literary Friday, Edition 140

Giveaway for First Frost

FirstFrostSarah Addison Allen’s new book First Frost has been dressing up our homepage all month long with twinkling lights and frosty red apples. By commenting on Literary Friday today, you can be entered for a chance to win this magical book, which tells a story of silver-eyed strangers, restless women and a spellbinding apple tree.


Literary News

“Clothes make the man.” Flavorwire has 25 Writers on Fashion, Clothing, and Style, including Twain, Tom Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Tamara Welch over at Traveling With T blogs about meeting author M.O. Walsh at Lemuria Books (pictured below). Spoiler Alert: She reveals a few things about the book that we didn’t get out of him!


Although Richard Linklater didn’t win Best Director or get Best Picture for “Boyhood” at the Oscars, it’s being reported that he may be taking on the novel Where’d You Go Bernadette for the big screen.

In a video from Louisiana Channel, short story master Lydia Davis offers advice to young writers:


Literary Events 

See Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter on exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans through May 31.

Mark your calendar for 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.

Spend an evening with John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, March 3 at the Telfair Museum in Savannah.

See Joshilyn Jackson March 6 at Homewood Library in Homewood, Alabama. She will read from her work and sign books; tickets are required.

JCBThe Sweet Potato Queens Zippity Doo Dah Weekend is March 26-29 in Jackson, Mississippi.

An OUTSpoken workshop will be held 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.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival in Georgia is scheduled for March 28-29 with featured authors Erika Marks, Ann Hite, Frances Mayes and Raymond Atkins.

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Association’s Gala May 2 will celebrate 90 years of Gatsby with jazz and flapper attire in Montgomery, Alabama.

Save the date for The Yokshop in Oxford, Mississippi, a three-day workshop with host M.O. Walsh scheduled for May 15-17.


Reading Recs From Our Sponsors

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.


New in Southern Voice

Cotton-Eyed, a story about a stranger who rolls into a small Southern town and attracts the attention of young lovers by Ryan Stevens.


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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  • Sandy / February 27, 2015

    Would LOVE to win Sarah’s new book, First Frost!!

  • Tina / February 27, 2015

    Looks like a good book. Hope I win!!!

  • Sarah Olimpia / February 27, 2015

    I love Sarah Addison Allen (her use of magical realism — dying!), and was recently pleasantly surprised to see that she had met and was also a fan of two great musicians, Al Petteway and Amy White. A slight connection, but one worth reveling in nonetheless!

  • myra / February 27, 2015

    i would jump for joy if I won this book!!