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Literary Friday, Edition 172

Fall Reading Interviews 

TheGorgeLast week we talked with travel writer Paul Theroux about his first-time journey through the Deep South and North Carolina author Ron Rash about balancing light and dark in his new novel Above the Waterfall.

This week, we focus on David Armand, who sets his literary thriller The Gorge in a cave in Louisiana’s Bogue Chitto State Park. With the television series “Twin Peaks” in the back of his mind, Armand takes readers on a quietly thrilling adventure to find out who killed young girl Amber Varnado out in the dark woods.

Still to come are interviews with Matthew Guinn on The Scribe and Hester Young on The Gates of Evangeline.

 

Literary News 

confederacycookbookLSU Press published A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook this week, compiled of more than 200 recipes related to beloved character Ignatius Reilly, his friends and neighbors, and his pyloric valve.

Get the scoop on artist Tim Youd’s 100 Novels Project, now live on location in Louisiana and currently retyping A Confederacy of Dunces.

Flavorwire has a history of the horror genre about those writers obscured by the shadow of Edgar Allan Poe.

Nevada McPherson examines Central State Hospital’s place among Milledgeville, Georgia’s literary and arts scene and gives us a peek inside what was once the largest lunatic asylum in the country.

See our Suggested Reading List for the Louisana Book Festival here.

 

(Non)Required Viewing

Filmed in Georgia and based on the series of books by R.L. Stine, the “Goosebumps” movie is out this weekend.

 

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.

txbookfestHappening this weekend, 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.

TurnRow Book Co. in Greenwood, Mississippi, presents up-and-coming novelists Brian Panowich (Bull Mountain), David Joy (Where All Light Tends to Go) and Michael Farris Smith (Rivers) in discussion with Jamie Kornegay (Soil) about the current state of dark Southern literature on October 29.

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 

Make Us a Name, a short story about an immigrant balancing good and evil in her new country, by S.P. Harris.

 

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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