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Literary Friday, Edition 190

Readalong for Joshilyn Jackson’s The Opposite of Everyone – Part Two 

the opposite of everyone, joshilyn jacksonThe second set of notes for our readalong of The Opposite of Everyone is now available. We are discussing chapters 5-8 and the topics of Paula and Kai’s relationship, the “Gotmamas” and lost children, along with Birdwine and the return of William Ashe (from Someone Else’s Love Story). You’ll find questions to consider and a few of our favorite quotes as well. Join in by commenting on the notes or on social media using the hashtags #southernlit and #jjreadalong.

For more fun content, including ideas for casting the book to film, head over to our readalong partner Traveling With T.

And make sure you save the date for our Twitter chat with Joshilyn on March 18 from 1-2 CST!


Literary News

We lost another hero in the world of Southern lit with the passing of Pat Conroy last weekend. We remember him through the sites in his hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina, and the many writers he inspired.

the swans of fifth avenueWriter Derek Herscovici has an interview with Tim Dorsey, Florida’s own “Coconut Cowboy” known for capturing both the wild and wonderful aspects of The Sunshine State.

Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue, lists her Favorite Books for Truman Capote Lovers on Goodreads.

New Orleans Magazine talks to Cecile Monteyne, who takes over the role of judging this year’s Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

Get the recipe for ‘The Awakening’ cocktail inspired by Kate Chopin’s novel and available at Grand Isle restaurant in New Orleans.


Literary Events, Contests & Workshops

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.

The Sweet Potato Queens Musical is happening March 17-27 at Theater Under the Stars Underground in Houston, Texas.

Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, wraps up its series of workshops as part of its OUTSpoken platform for the LGBTQ community on 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.

Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival, James Lee BurkeAnd 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. View the full schedule here. (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 

Indian Paintbrush, a flash fiction love story by Atlanta writer S.V. Berry.


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.

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