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Literary Friday, Edition 147

IndieBound Journal Giveaway

eatsleepreadTo 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.


Literary News 

gosetawatchmanThe New York Times travels to Literary Louisiana this month, exploring the haunts of Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, Ernest Gaines, James Lee Burke and more.

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.


Literary Events 

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

coldmoonThe 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.


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. 

My Mississippi
New Creations
  • jessad / April 17, 2015

    I’d be journaling my own cooking creations, I’m growing herbs & cooking from scratch more & more. Crafting now that I’m empty nesting, I’d draw/sketch designs that are forming in my mind. I have a collection of holiday jewelry that I’ve collected & I want to make them into ornaments. This set of journals will be with me on the go as well. Flea markets, Farmer’s markets, the coast and travels

  • Bloomin'ChickJo / April 17, 2015

    I love having journals handy, around the house, in my purse, and tote bag. I’m always jotting down possible blog topic ideas, story ideas & details (fiction) and possible personal essay topics!

  • rockstar1023 / April 17, 2015

    Love these!

    One: Blog ideas, quotes from books, books I’ve read.

    Two: Letters to my niece. Because she’s growing up so fast and one day I worry that I won’t remember her joy at her first Easter Egg hunt, the toy and song she likes to have for bath time, the way she smiles and chases the kitty cats at the house, and how it feels to rock her to sleep.

    Third: Recipes I want to try, being healthier tips, and general hodge-podge things.

  • Lauren / April 17, 2015

    I’d use them for working out ideas for my novels. I currently use boring notebooks from the drugstore. These are much better looking!

  • Mel / April 17, 2015

    I would journal beautiful thoughts and wonderful words for my three grandchildren to enjoy long after I am gone.

  • Erin Z. Bass / April 21, 2015

    And the winner of the journal set is Lauren! Thanks to everyone who shared their journaling dreams with us.