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Literary Friday, Edition 195

Literary News

preciousperversionsWe review Tison Pugh’s new book Precious Perversions that examines humor, sexuality and the Southern literary canon through authors like Florence King and Truman Capote.

Author Michael Murphy guest posts about his new book HEAR DAT, a guide to the rich musical heritage of New Orleans.

Finalists for SIBA’s Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize have been announced and include M.O. Walsh’s My Sunshine Away, Jamie Kornegay’s Soil and David Joy’s Where All Light Tends to Go.

The literary fight against HB2 in North Carolina continues, as author Sara Gruen organizes a “Kill the Bill” event at Malaprop’s Bookstore.


(Non)Required Viewing

The trailer for “The Family Fang” based on the book by Tennessee author Kevin Wilson is out, with Nicole Kidman as Annie and Jason Bateman, who also directs, as Buster. The film opens nationwide May 6.


Literary Events & Workshops

Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, debuts a poetry exhibit, Scruffy ‘Scrapes and Sonnets, featuring photography and poetry through May 5 in in Preservation Pub’s second-floor Speakeasy.

zeldafitzflowersThe F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum’s annual gala is April 30. This year’s event celebrates the 100th anniversary of Zelda’s (pictured) debut into Montgomery, Alabama, society with a special performance by the Montgomery Ballet.

The Women’s Fiction Writers Association is offering is offering an online Women’s Fiction Craft Workshop May 16-27 with authors Erika Marks, Susan Meissner and more.

Knoxville, Tennessee’s Children’s Festival of Reading will be held May 21. Children of all ages are invited to meet world-class authors and illustrators and enjoy a day of storytelling, arts and crafts and science exploration in World’s Fair Park.

Register now for The Writer’s High Retreat with Joshilyn Jackson and Michael Morris September 9-11 at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.

Save the dates for upcoming book festivals, including the Mississippi Book Festival August 20, Decatur Book Festival September 2-4 and Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 14-16.


New in Southern Voice 

Her Real Name Was Peaches, a poem by Darnell Arnoult from her new book Galaxie Wagon.


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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Her Real Name Was Pe
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