With what seems like all of the literary world fresh off of the AWP Conference in Tampa, maybe you’re feeling a little left out. Who doesn’t want the chance to meet and network with some of the biggest authors and editors of the day and to hear them speak about the writing and publishing process? Well go ahead and break out your planner because below you’ll find a list of the most exciting upcoming literary gatherings in the South.
Located in the historic north Georgia mining town, the festival is in its 14th year and once again offers a fantastic lineup of local and regional authors. On March 24 and 25 more than 35 authors will participate in speaking events, booksignings and even public lunches at local restaurants. Featured authors include Johnathon Barrett, Valerie Boyd, former UGA head coach Vince Dooley, Richard Jay Hutto and Joshilyn Jackson.
This literary party in Key West is a month-long affair, kicking off at the tail end of February and officially ending on April 9 with performances of Green Eyes and The Travelling Companion, two of Williams’s more than 70 one-act plays. The remaining days of the celebration will include screenings of “The Night of the Iguana” and “The Rose Tattoo,” as well as lectures about the making of the films and the works of one of the 20th century’s most prolific playwrights. Of course no birthday celebration is complete without a party, which will take place at the Tennessee Williams Museum on March 26 from 5-7 pm. A detailed schedule of events, provided by the Key West Art & Historical Society, can be found here.
One of the largest literary gatherings of the year takes place in Louisiana March 21 through 25. Dedicated to playwright Tennessee Williams, the festival features performances of some of his most famous plays and the always popular “Stella” shouting contest. The festival boasts more than 100 speakers and authors (like Jami Attenberg and Calvin Trillin) who will participate in craft talks, the popular Literary Discussion Series and more. And don’t miss the theater offerings! This year there’s New Orleans signature play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” plus “The Women of Williams.”
Though it takes place on a single day, April 21, this Montgomery festival is packed with events, vendors and, most importantly, a love for the written word. Fifty-plus regional authors and speakers will participate in readings, discussions and book signings throughout the day. With a particular interest in promoting a love for reading in children, the festival features special events for younger family members, including book character meet-and-greets.