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Literary Friday, Edition 197

Summer Reading is on the Horizon!


Our Summer Reading banner went up on the homepage this week, and that means we’re hard at work making the final selections for our Summer Reading List. As usual, you can also look forward to Twitter chats and interviews with authors, book reviews and other fun content like travel guides, playlists and recipes. And don’t worry, there will be giveaways all summer long too.

For authors, publishers, bookstores and destinations, Summer Reading is a great time to run a promotion with us. We have affordable Web ads, social media packages and sponsorships available. You can even sponsor our Summer Reading List for an entire month or sponsor a Twitter chat or Literary Friday!


Literary News

UncommonGraceWe have an interview with producer Bridget Kurt about the first film about the life of Flannery O’Connor, which recently won “Best Picture” at the Milledgeville Film Festival.

The New Yorker delves into What Two Forgotten Pieces Tell Us About Harper Lee, as more of the late author’s letters and writings become public.

The After Party author Anton DiSclafani offers up 10 Books that Capture the Ineffable Thing that Makes Texas Texas in Electric Literature.

Brunch like O. Henry this month as New Orleans restaurant Tujague’s celebrates its 160th anniversary by serving classic dishes the author may have dined on when he visited.

National Poetry Month might be over, but that doesn’t mean no poetry until next April. South Florida Poetry Journal just launched, and you can read their inaugural issue online.

We also hear that The Swamp literary magazine is taking submissions for its first issue, launching late summer/early fall.


Literary Events & Workshops

The Tennessee Williams Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, kicks off May 11 and runs through May 15 with events including theater productions, a Stella Shouting Contest, tribute reading, bus tour and more.

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.

ohtheplacesyoullgoKnoxville, 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.

Angela King Gallery in New Orleans will present “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” exhibition with pieces from the Dr. Seuss archives (pictured), opening May 27 through June 26.

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 

Frequent Flyers, a story about the father of a chronically sick child who decides to take matters into his own hands, by Russell W. Johnson.


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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