Literary Friday, Edition 141
Interview With Jamie Kornegay for Soil
Anyone who’s traveled to Greenwood, Mississippi, has experienced the charm of TurnRow Books. Now the owner, Jamie Kornegay, has his own book to add to the shop’s collection of Southern and Mississippi Delta literature. Soil officially releases March 10, but we talked to Kornegay recently to find out if he’s prepared to be on the other side of the page. In our interview, A Writer in the Midst, we asked him about his inspiration for main character Jay Mize, an obsessive scientist and farmer, what he learned not to do while studying writing under Barry Hannah and what the people of Greenwood can look forward to during his launch party next Tuesday.
Kornegay also offers up a Mississippi Reading List of new and upcoming authors who are helping to preserve the state’s literary legacy.
Key West is celebrating the birthday and legacy of Tennessee Williams all month long with a film series, painting and poetry contests, a permanent exhibit, staged readings and an official birthday party.
The New Yorker travels to Monroeville, Alabama, to investigate the mystery of Go Set a Watchman and Harper Lee’s hometown response to the news.
New Orleans Magazine talks to actress Brenda Currin upon her return to the city as Violet Venable in “Suddenly Last Summer,” to be performed during the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival later this month.
Sewanee Writers Conference is now accepting applications through April 20 for this summer’s conference including faculty Jill McCorkle and Tim O’Brien.
For those who didn’t want to invest in the hardcover edition, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is now in paperback!
The Flannery O’Connor Book Trail Collaborative has unveiled a peacock-themed Little Free Library in Savannah, Georgia. (pictured)
We gave away a copy of Sarah Addison Allen’s First Frost last week and it just so happens that Southern Lit Lovers on Goodreads is reading the book this month.
See Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter on exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans through May 31.
New Yorkers can get a preview of the inaugural Eudora Welty Biennial at Kaufmann Concert Hall when Olympia Dukakis, Estelle Parsons and Brenda Currin read Welty’s Asphodel on March 11.
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum will host a Trade and Rare Book Sale March 14 with more than 1,000 books, including a sizeable collection of first editions by the likes of Hemingway and Faulkner. Also, save the date for the museum’s jazz-themed gala May 2.
The 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.
Tallahassee Community College will hold its first annual Word of South Festival April 10-12 with Ann Patchett, The Avett Brothers, Mary Gaitskill and Robert Olen Butler.
Save the date for The Yokshop in Oxford, Mississippi, a three-day workshop with host M.O. Walsh scheduled for May 15-17.
New in Southern Voice
Art, Artist, And Life, a story about an artist who seeks the simplicity of life in the mountains, but art and life combine to trouble him, by Robert Watts Lamon.
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.