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Literary Friday, Edition 182

Literary News

Ernest-Gaines-in-Church.SanfordHappy Birthday to Louisiana author Ernest Gaines today! Read last week’s interview with the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award winner T. Geronimo Johnson and attend the January 21 ceremony in Baton Rouge.

Susan Meissner, author of new novel Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, shares her Favorite Books About Gone With the Wind over at Goodreads.

With Oscar nominations out, it’s officially movie watching season. Buzzfeed has 19 Books To Read Before the Movie Comes Out in 2016, including Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice.

Browse through the New York Public Library’s digital archive of its book jacket collection to see early covers from Poe, Hemingway and more Southern writers.


(Non)Required Viewing

The trailer for “The Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey as farmer Newton Knight and based on the book by Victoria Bynum, is out this week. Find out more about the “real” Jones County in Mississippi here and Newton Knight’s Jones County today here.


Literary Events & Contests 

PCH-PattiMeet 25 authors from 10 states, including Kristy Woodson Harvey, Taylor Brown and Patti Callahan Henry (pictured), January 24 at Bookmarks’ “A Movable Feast” event in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, presents a series of workshops as part of its OUTSpoken platform for the LGBTQ community on January 23, February 20 and March 26.

ZORA! Festival celebrating author Zora Neale Hurston in Eatonville, Florida, takes place January 23-31.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails in Atlanta invites poets from across the Southeastern U.S. to participate in its inaugural annual prize in Southern Poetry. Poems must be on the topic of love and are due by February 5.

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration is scheduled for March 1-31 in Key West, Florida, with a party, classic film series and forum, theater performances, art exhibits and more.

And the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival takes place March 30-April 3 this year with Megan Abbott, Dorothy Allison, Mary Badham, Kiese Laymon, Rick Bragg and lots more.

Win the chance to work in Ernest Hemingway’s Key West writing studio by entering the new Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest. Entries are due March 31.

Save the date for the first annual Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival coming to Iberia Parish, Louisiana, April 8-10, 2016.


New in Southern Voice

Down Home, a story set in Arkansas, by Charles Gramlich.


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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