Literary Friday, Edition 142
For part one, we visited Oxford and toured Faulkner’s haunts at Rowan Oak, Ole Miss, his gravesite and stopped in at Square Books of course. Now, we continue on to the Mississippi Delta and Clarksdale, where literature and the blues intersect. We were on a hunt for Tennessee Williams and followed the playwright to St. George’s Episcopal Church and the rectory he grew up in, the Cutrer Mansion that inspired Belle Reve and even got a rare peek inside Uncle Henry’s place on Moon Lake.
Speaking of Tennessee Williams, The Toast has a series of texts from Blanche DuBois to her sister Stella letting her know she’s going to be moving in for a while.
Ardelia Lee has compiled 5 Books That Perfectly Capture Southern Life and its patchwork of dialects, families and friends.
Notoriously Difficult Literary Classics Transformed Into Popular Page-Turners from Flavorwire gets Quentin Compson’s section from Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury ready for Kindle.
The debate over whether Harper Lee is really in favor of publishing a new novel continues, as the State of Alabama investigates claims of elder abuse and one agency claims Lee “has opinions and seems to be aware of what is going on with her book and the book deal.”
Featured Event: Jamie Kornegay’s launch party for Soil on Tuesday night at TurnRow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi, included a packed house on both levels of the store, a reading from the author and one of the best bookish cakes we’ve ever seen. Kornegay credited Martha Foose with the creation in a tweet, describing it as complete with gummi worms and brownie silt. Check out hashtag #soiltour for more pics from the party and updates on Kornegay’s next stops on his book tour.
See Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter on exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans through May 31.
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum will host a Trade and Rare Book Sale tomorrow 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 (pictured), 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
Nothing But a House, new fiction about the meaning of home, by Gary Carter.
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.