Literary Friday, Edition 178
Ashton Lee’s Christmas Gift
Author of The Cherry Cola Book Club series and most recently A Cherry Cola Christmas, Ashton Lee guest posts this week about his quirky Mississippi family tradition. Find out how the term “Christmas gift” took on a whole new meaning in his family and share your own traditions when we chat with him on Twitter next week (more details coming soon).
And if you’re looking for an uplifting holiday read, pick up A Cherry Cola Christmas, where a special meeting of the Cherry Cola Book Club invites the town of Cherico, Mississippi, to a potluck to share food and stories in an effort to raise the townspeople’s spirits.
Kiese Laymon writes about Da Art Of Storytellin’ in The Oxford American, accompanied by an original portrait of Outkast.
The New Yorker compiles The Ten Best Weather Events in Fiction, and y’all know a hurricane made the list.
Mental Floss goes Inside FBI Classified Spy Files on 10 Authors. Can you guess which revolution Capote was suspected of having ties to?
In honor of Mark Twain’s birthday this week, Open Culture discusses his Patented Inventions for Bra Straps and Other Everyday Items.
A long lost play written by William Faulkner was discovered at the University of Virginia.
And the winner of Goodreads Best Books of 2015 for Fiction is … Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman.
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.
Tomorrow is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, and TurnRow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi, will have volunteers reading aloud to children from 10 a.m.-noon.
The Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, will hold a Christmas Open House December 12 including a visit from Santa, refreshments and Christmas music from the Jazz Age.
Key West Literary Seminar is scheduled for January 7-10 and will feature more than 15 writers of short stories, essays and poetry. The seminar is already sold out, but space is still available for associated writers’ workshops January 11-15.
Save the date for the first annual Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival coming to Iberia Parish, Louisiana, April 8-10, 2016.
New in Southern Voice
A Score Lower Than My Age, new fiction from Kentucky writer Jayne Moore Waldrop.
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