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Literary Friday, Edition 163

Interview & Chat With Julia Heaberlin 

Black Eyed SusansWe close out summer reading — and our summer Twitter chats — today with the chilling tale of a serial killer. In her hardback debut Black-Eyed Susans, Texas author Julia Heaberlin concocts a tale psychic trauma, forensic science and the Texas death penalty. In a storyline that will stay with you long after the last page, Heaberlin uses a roadside wildflower to terrorize character Tessa, the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer decades ago. Tessa thought she had put the killer behind bars, but now black-eyed susans are appearing outside her bedroom window. Did she help convict the wrong man?

We’ll chat with Heaberlin via Twitter about her goal to write a suspense novel as good as Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca from 1-2 CST (that’s 11 a.m.-noon PST & 2-3 p.m. EST) today using the hashtag #southernlit. Log into our chat room here to participate or just follow the hashtag on Twitter.


Literary News 

The New York Times examines Truman Capote and Harper Lee’s friendship upon the forthcoming release of a new novel Tru & Nelle, a fictional account of their Alabama childhood.

Alex Haley - RootsA remake of Alex Haley’s Roots will begin filming in New Orleans this month and is expected to air over four nights on A&E next year.

A photography exhibit titled “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” is on display in San Francisco and depicts images of loneliness inspired by Carson McCullers’ classic novel.

Happy 70th birthday to Steve Martin, born in Waco, Texas, and responsible for novels Shopgirl and An Object of Beauty.


Literary Events 

mystery-fest-logoMystery writers will stage a celebration of sleuthing in Key West this weekend titled Murder & Mayhem in Paradise.

The inaugural Mississippi Book Festival will take place August 22 at the Capitol in Jackson with special guest John Grisham, author panels and signings, live music and more.

In Oxford, Mississippi, Sarahfest pairs art, music, film and literature with guests like Megan Abbott and Neko Case September 1-27.

The Decatur Book Festival, scheduled for September 4-6, presents Erica Jong in conversation with Roxane Gay, plus Pat Conroy, Ron Rash, Lori Roy and Karen White.

The 27th annual Southern Festival of Books, scheduled for October 9-11, will include Kimberly Belle, Rick Bragg, Pat Conroy, Lauren Groff, Ann Hite and lots more.

Scheduled for October 17-18, the Texas Book Festival in Austin has released its lineup of authors, including Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, Chuck Palahniuk and Attica Locke.


New in Southern Voice 

Marble Orchard, new fiction by Arkansas writer Danielle Jenkins about a man who wakes up in a cemetery.


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 summer road trips.