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Literary Friday, Edition 218

Literary News

rebeccawellsRebecca Wells Comes Home in our interview with The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood author who sparked a movement of women and will entertain readers during the Louisiana Book Festival October 29.

We talk about the cultural importance of the front porch—and how Faulkner used his own porch—with Conference on the Front Porch featured speakers Claude Stephens and Jay Watson.

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his songwriting this week. He is the first American to receive the award since Toni Morrison in 1993.

Suzanne Vega talks about Britney Spears, gender identity and Carson McCullers in Rolling Stone.


Literary Events, Workshops & Contests 

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, is accepting entries for a Poetry Contest through November 11.

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home will continue its lineup of fall lectures in Savannah, Georgia, on Sundays through December 11.

SFB_2016Save the dates for upcoming book festivals, including Southern Festival of Books in Nashville this weekend and Louisiana Book Festival October 29 in Baton Rouge.

National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy will read from her work on October 24, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.

A Pat Conroy Tribute with Cassandra King and Rick Bragg will be held October 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Louisiana Book Festival has also announced its WordShops on October 28 with writers Margaret Eby, Catherine Gourley, Daniel Jose Older, Peter Cooley and Bill Loefelm.

Andalusia Farm’s 12th Annual Blue Grass Festival will be held Saturday, November 5, at the former home of Flannery O’Connor in Milledgeville, Georgia.


Latest in Southern Voice 

Clarksdale, a story about a midnight meeting at Mississippi’s crossroads, by Jeff Fleischer.


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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