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Literary Friday, Edition 171

Fall Reading Interviews 

DeepSouthLast week, we talked to secret-keeper Diane Chamberlain about Pretending to Dance, and this week we offer 15 Minutes With Ron Rash on his latest novel Above the Waterfall and a Q&A with travel writer Paul Theroux, who ventures to our region for the first time in his new book Deep South.

We’re also working on scheduling more Twitter chats for fall, so stay tuned!


Literary News 

Do spirits really reside among the stacks at Old Tampa Book Co? Florida writer Derek Herscovici investigates to find out.

This week was the 166th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, and in his honor, the Maryland Historical Society is revitalizing the tradition of the “Poe Toaster.” Artists are invited to “audition” for the role on November 7, with audience members ultimately deciding their fate.

beasts“Beasts of the Southern Wild” star and Houma, Louisiana, native Quvenzhane Wallis has landed a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for a chapter book series and a picture book about a precocious and talented third-grader.

Electric Lit has gathered 31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters in plenty of time to get that bookish Halloween costume ready.

In celebration of Birmingham, Alabama’s Eat Drink Read Write Festival, Alabama.com suggests the best Birmingham meals to pair with your favorite books.


Literary Events 

The New Orleans Museum of Art will display Los Angeles-based artist Tim Youd’s latest installment of his “100 Novels Project,” as he retypes live a series of novels set in Louisiana, through February 21.

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

Happening 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.

Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home continues its Fall Lecture Series October 18 in Savannah, Georgia, on the topic of her legendary obituary.

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.

The Festival of Words in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, will take place November 5-7 with literary readings, creative writing workshops, drive-by poetry, open mics and more.

Milton, Georgia, is holding a Literary Festival November 13-14 with native author Karen White, plus Kimberly Brock, Raymond Atkins and Renea Winchester.


New in Southern Voice

Graves, a short story about a grandmother’s attempt to thwart a family curse, by South Carolina writer Matthew Turbeville.


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.

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