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Literary Friday, Edition 143

Suggested Itinerary for TW Fest NOLA

hotelplaysOne of our all-time favorite festivals, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is celebrating its 29th year March 25-29. With so many facets of this festival to navigate — master classes, author panels, theater performances, tours, exhibits, cooking demonstrations — picking and choosing what to do can cause the sort of fatigue experienced by the best of Williams’ characters. Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned veteran of this festival, we suggest jumping right in and experiencing as much of the literary goodness as you can possibly can — some of it at a bargain of $25.

Pictured is a scene from “The Hotel Plays,” returning this year. Click here to see video from last year’s performance.


Literary News 

The summer reads are pouring into our office as we say goodbye to winter, and we’re going through them as fast as we can for consideration on our Summer Reading List. Below is a peek at some of the titles we’re considering!


Oprah’s list of 17 Books You Should Be Reading This Spring includes Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett and In Every Way by Nic Brown.

Hunter Murphy’s list of the Greatest Bromances in Southern Literature has some competition in Flavorwire’s 25 Most Homoerotic Friendship in Literature, but both agree Huck and Jim had something going on.

She Reads offers a Quick Lit Roundup for the month from author Marybeth Whalen.


(Non)Required Viewing

The much-anticipated trailer for John Green’s Paper Towns debuted yesterday. His best-selling novel is set in Orlando, and the film adaptation, due out July 24, was shot in North Carolina, Orlando and Los Angeles.


Literary Events

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

jane_austenThe Jane Austen Literary Festival in Mandeville, Louisiana, is this weekend with the return of the Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest, a Mr. Darcy Oratory Contest and a showing of “Mansfield Park.”

Mark your calendar for two Tennessee Williams celebrations this month, one in Key West, Florida, through March 31 and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 25-29.

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum‘s jazz-themed gala May 2 will feature dinner, drinks, dancing, a costume contest and more. Attire is flapper of course.

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

Her Pearls, a story about the complexity of a daughter’s relationship with her mother, by Hailey Evelyn Wilson.


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. 

Her Pearls
Literary Friday, Edi