Literary Friday, Edition 151
Fans of Rita Leganski got some exciting news via her Facebook page this week. Leganski announced she had sent off the complete manuscript for her second novel, which follows her magical debut The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. Read our 2013 interview with her here to find out how she fell under the spell of Southern literature.
You’ve probably never heard of Virginia author Nell Zink, but her profile in The New Yorker this week explains why she’s the next weird darling of the publishing world.
A copy of The Great Gatsby inscribed by author F. Scott Fitzgerald leads Bonhams’ Voices of the 20th Century auction on June 16 in New York. If you have between $80,000-100,000 lying around, this could be a good way to spend it.
Speaking of Gatsby, Maureen Corrigan’s So We Read On is out in paperback this week, detailing how The Great Gatsby came to be and why it endures.
To get us in the mood for summer reading, Flavorwire explains Why We Love Vacation Novels and their endless successions of magnificent possibilities.
See the trailer for Nicholas Sparks’ latest romance novel turned film, “The Longest Ride,” out in theaters now. Then, check out North Carolina’s tour itinerary for the movie 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.
The South Carolina Book Festival is this weekend in Columbia with Mary Alice Monroe, Dorothea Benton Frank, Patti Callahan Henry, Karen White, Lee Smith and many more guest authors.
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.
Walker Percy Weekend in St. Francisville, Louisiana, is scheduled for June 5-7 with panel discussions, craft bourbon, culinary events and documentary films.
New in Southern Voice
Fit to be Tied, new fiction about a boy who doesn’t fit in with his family, by James Gardner.
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.