Literary Friday, Edition 167
Happy Birthday to O. Henry aka William Sydney Porter! See pictures of Greensboro, North Carolina’s memorial to him here.
The Toast sums up Every Southern Gothic Novel Ever in a place where “we bury our feelings and our relatives alive.”
Authors Roxane Gay and Erica Jong took the stage together at the Decatur Book Festival last weekend to discuss feminism. The Guardian explains how quickly things got awkward.
Congratulations to UL Lafayette English professor Lisa Graley on being chosen as one of this year’s winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.
In Oxford, Mississippi, Sarahfest pairs art, music, film and literature with guests like Megan Abbott and Neko Case through September 27.
The Fitzgerald Museum will host a day of Writers Workshops with author Mary Jo Tate (pictured) September 24 in Montgomery, Alabama, to celebrate the 119th birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Eat Drink Read Write Festival October 3-9 in Birmingham, Alabama, will be structured around a four-course dinner and include mentorship sessions, food stories, a presentation by the owners of New York City’s BAKED and Bards & Brews Poetry Slam.
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 a record 300 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, Chuck Palahniuk, Lauren Groff and Attica Locke.
Save the date for the Louisiana Book Festival October 31 at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge with authors Ellen Gilchrist, Susan Gregg Gilmore, Molly Antopol, David Armand, Kim Boykin, Rick Bragg, M.O. Walsh, Jamie Kornegay and many more.
Milton, Georgia, is holding a Literary Festival November 13-14 with native author Karen White, plus Kimberly Brock, Raymond Atkins and Renea Winchester.
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