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Literary Friday, Edition 219

Literary News

kevinbirminghamTruman Capote continues to support writers from beyond the grave with the largest cash prize for literary criticism in his name. We talk to this year’s winner Kevin Birmingham (pictured), author of The Most Dangerous Book.

In other Capote news, SundanceTV has ordered a four-part true crime documentary series “Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited,” a reexamination of the Kansas crime chronicled in Truman Capote’s book, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

In addition to more than 200 authors, the Louisiana Book Festival on October 29 will be presided over by its first-ever “book angel” sculpture.

The most extensive collection of John Kennedy Toole’s personal and literary papers is set to be available online via the Louisiana Research Center’s website soon.

Writer Paige Raley has a review of Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman, out this week from Harper Collins.


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.

patconroyA literary festival to honor Pat Conroy (pictured) is planned in Beaufort, South Carolina, this weekend and will also celebrate the launch of A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life.

The 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.


We also suggest visiting The Moonlit Road for Southern ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends this month.


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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