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Literary Friday, Edition 220

Literary News

capotemaskWe uncover the legend of the Bridal Chamber in an interview with Hunter Murphy, who was inspired by two of Florida’s oldest theme parks in writing his new book The Curse of the Bridal Chamber.

Go inside Truman Capote’s costume parties—from Alabama to New York—as part of our celebration of the author.

In other Capote news, the movie “Capote” with Philip Seymour Hoffman is coming to Netflix in November.

Phantoms Fill the Southern Skies author Jeff Lawhead offers A History of Southern Ghosts and explains why folklore can terrify people of any age.

The New Yorker comments on Carson McCullers as a white writer who could handle black characters with ease.


Literary Events, Workshops & Contests 

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

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

The Louisiana Book Festival is Saturday in Baton Rouge with authors Rebecca Wells (pictured), Hester Young, David Armand, Matthew Griffin, Ashton Lee and Julie Cantrell.

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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