Literary Friday, Edition 198
Our official start to summer reading is almost here, but TurnRow Books is getting the party started early by hosting Mary Alice Monroe on Thursday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. In celebration, Travel Greenwood is giving away a night at The Alluvian Hotel, complete with a gift certificate to The Alluvian Spa.
Enter to win through Friday, May 27, HERE. One winner (plus a friend) will get to spend the night at the Mississippi Delta’s cosmopolitan boutique hotel and visit The Alluvian’s 7,000-square-foot luxury spa. In between drinks in the lobby and spa time, you can walk over to TurnRow Books and catch an author signing or just stock up on summer reads. Following Mary Alice Monroe, TurnRow will welcome Mockingbird author Charles Shields on June 8 and Miss Jane author Brad Watson on July 20.
Find out Mary Kay Andrews’ Favorite Books to Devour in a Weekend on Goodreads.
Flavorwire reviews a new book about the year Mark Twain embarked on a comedy tour to help recover from financial disaster.
The New Yorker reveals The Mysterious Letter Writer Who Beguiled Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch.
And the Georgia Writers Museum has a new item on display: an Underground Railroad Quilt that could be fact or fiction.
Literary Events & Workshops
The Tennessee Williams Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, 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.
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.
Angela King Gallery in New Orleans will present “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” exhibition with pieces from the Dr. Seuss archives, opening May 27 through June 26.
Themed “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise, the third-annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest will take place June 10-12 with Robert K. Tanenbaum, Lisa Black, Timothy Hallinan and James O. Born.
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.
New in Southern Voice
She’ll Be Back, a story about regret by award-winning Arkansas writer Marla Cantrell.
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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