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Literary Friday, Edition 204

Upcoming Twitter Chats

Save the date for Hannah Pittard on Tuesday, July 5 (her pub day for Listen To Me!) and Emily Carpenter on Burying the Honeysuckle Girls Friday, July 8. We’ll have more interviews and giveaways in relation to these books, and that’s not all. View our full chat schedule through August and our entire Summer Reading List here.


Literary News

AfterPartyAlthough we kicked off summer reading at the end of May, the first official day of summer was Monday. BuzzFeed has 15 Things Book Nerds Are Guilty Of Doing During The Summer (like taking your book to the pool and then getting mad when it gets wet).

We compiled some High Society Advice From ‘The After Party’ by Anton DiSclafani to help keep the champagne flowing this summer.

For those of you who have moved away from your native South, 3 Books for Southern Expats Missing Home will help bring you back.

Electric Literature examines the sneaky racism of We Love You, Charlie Freeman, which has roots at Alabama’s Tuskegee University.


Literary Events, Workshops & Contests 

LandOfOz_1970Land of Oz on Beech Mountain in North Carolina holds its final tours down The Yellow Brick Road today. The attraction will reopen again in the fall.

South Florida Poetry Journal is seeking poetry submissions for its August issue. Send three unpublished poems and a brief bio to [email protected].

Flat Rock Playhouse will debut two new plays at the Carl Sandburg Home in North Carolina. “Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rootabaga Country” will be performed Wednesdays and Fridays through August 12, and “Rootabaga Express” will be performed Thursdays and Saturdays from through August 13.

The 36th annual Hemingway Days Celebration in Key West, Florida, is scheduled for July 19-24 this year. Events include a lookalike contest for Hemingway imitators, prose and poetry readings and a three-day marlin tournament.

Mr. Toole, a new play about the life of John Kennedy Toole written by one of his former students, is being performed at the Mid-Town International Theater Festival in New York July 21-31.

Writer’s Digest Editor Brian A. Klems will be a featured speaker for a How to Get Published workshopin Nashville, Tennessee, July 23.

The deadline for submissions to the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is August 15. The contest, which includes a $10,000 prize, is open to fiction (novels or short story collections) published in 2016.

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.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival has announced that Dorothy Allison will judge this year’s Fiction Contest. Deadline to enter is November 30, and grand prize is $1,500.


New In Southern Voice

Dear Summer, a poem by Shaliss Monet Wilkes, for the first week of the season.


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.

Have a piece of news, event, video or something else related to Southern lit that you’d like us to consider for Literary Friday? Send an e-mail to [email protected]

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