Literary Friday, Edition 147
IndieBound Journal Giveaway
To assist with your poetry writing needs during the remainder of National Poetry Month — or any writing or doodling you find the time to do — we have a giveaway from IndieBound and Princeton Architectural Press today. On sale at independent bookshops this month, their three-journal set with titles EAT SLEEP READ, LOVE YOUR LOCAL and PEACE LOVE BOOKS is ideal for capturing favorite passages, unforgettable meals and noteworthy dreams — all while celebrating local first.
Comment here for Literary Friday about what you plan to capture in these journals. We’ll choose one winner on Monday. U.S.-only entries please.
Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman now has a cover that mimics that of To Kill A Mockingbird and also hints at Scout’s journey back to Maycomb.
Cynthia Bond’s Ruby made the 2015 PEN Literary Awards Shortlist for debut fiction. Winners will be announced May 13.
The Weinstein Company has plans for a TV series based on Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood with Gary Oldman as producer.
Actress Brenda Currin talks about her life as a Eudora Welty lover and adapter in celebration of the author’s birthday and start of the inaugural Welty Biennial in Jackson, Mississippi, this month. Find out more about the biennial here.
See Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter on exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans through May 31.
The Welty Biennial in Jackson, Mississippi, is happening now through July 3 with exhibits, concerts, a dance party and snapshot contest.
Hoover Public Library in Hoover, Alabama, has a Book Festival for kids, teens and the young at heart tomorrow.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing the fifth annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the State Library.
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, as the event pays tribute to the 90th anniversary of the publication ofThe Great Gatsby.
The Yokshop in Oxford, Mississippi, a three-day workshop with host M.O. Walsh, is scheduled for May 15-17.
Save the date for SAFTA’s Fiction Writing Retreat May 29-31 and Poetry Writing Retreat June 12-14 at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Reading Recs From our Sponsors
The writer of “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Michael McDowell is an Alabama native whose horror novels have been brought back into print by Valancourt Press. Their latest title is Cold Moon Over Babylon, a chilling story set in a sleepy Southern town.
New in Southern Voice
My Mississippi, a poem by Laura Sobbott Ross.
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