Literary Friday, Edition 186
Our readalong with Traveling With T for Joshilyn Jackson’s new book starts Tuesday, February 16, on the book’s release day. If you have an ARC (advanced reading copy), then get started, but if not, you can order a signed edition through The Alabama Booksmith and have it shipped to you.
The readalong runs from February 16 through March 18, when we chat with Joshilyn on Twitter. Notes will be posted weekly on Deep South, with additional content posted over at Traveling With T. You can also join the discussion on social media using the hashtags #southernlit and #jjreadalong.
Click here for more details on how to participate in the readalong!
It’s been a busy week, but the biggest literary news to hit our pages is that To Kill A Mockingbird is headed to Broadway. It was announced Wednesday that Harper Lee sold producer Scott Rudin the stage adaptation rights and he in turn hired Aaron Sorkin to adapt the novel.
Key West Literary Seminar founder David Kaufelt was honored with a literary landmark in the island city.
The late South Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme’s legacy will live on at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s Culinary Library in New Orleans, where his personal book collection will be housed.
English musician and radio presenter Jarvis Cocker talks to fans of Carson McCullers and explains his own personal devotion to her on the BBC.
Booksbywomen.org talks to author Kristy Woodson Harvey about love in books and falling in love with your own characters as Valentine’s Day approaches.
Beyonce’s video for her new single “Formation” channels Southern Gothic along with black power. Curbed has the details on how a historic home in Pasadena, California, was transformed into a Louisiana plantation for the shoot.
Literary Events & Contests
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Writers in the Library series presents Poetry Spring, a series of readings and author chats, through April 18.
Applications for The Kerouac Project’s writer-in-residence positions are due by March 13. Four residences consist of a three-month stay in the Orlando, Florida, cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel The Dharma Bums.
Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, presents a series of workshops as part of its OUTSpoken platform for the LGBTQ community on February 20 and March 26.
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. (Saints and Sinners literary conference also takes place April 1-3 in New Orleans.)
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.
The first annual Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival is coming to Iberia Parish, Louisiana, April 8-10.
Save the date for the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum’s annual gala April 30. This year’s event celebrates the 100th anniversary of Zelda’s debut into Montgomery, Alabama, society with a special performance by the Montgomery Ballet.
New in Southern Voice
The Tenth Man, a story about honor, oysters and war, by Georgia writer Michael Leonard.
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 winter road trips.