Life advice from Jill McCorkle, the Solomon Northup Trail and meeting 'Queen Sugar.'
Literary Legends of Yazoo Giveaway. National Poetry Month news. Hemingway's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech. Martin Luther King in The New York Times, and reader Tamara Welch on meeting Jill McCorkle. A "Z" booksigning in Literary Events, plus book festivals this weekend and a pair of poems in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
kby Erin Z. Bass Alabama's biggest literary claim to fame may be To Kill A Mockingbird, but the state has another, lesser known one that made just as big an impact on the world. Tuscumbia, located in the northwest corner of the state, was the home of Helen Keller, the blind and deaf little girl who continues to touch the hearts of young children with her story and biography. I was reminded of this recently while reading Jill McCorkle's book, Ferris Beach, one of the picks in our Summer Reading List. It's about only child Kate Burns who is fascinated with the story of Helen Keller. At age 8, she's checked out the biography so many times at her local library that the librarian tells her she can't check it out again that year, and has also made a game of acting out both the parts of Helen and her teacher Anne Sullivan alone in her room. Kate's mother can hear her up there, bumping into and tripping over things, and doesn't think the game is healthy, but I think that after hearing Helen Keller's story, most children wonder what it would be like to be blind and shut their eyes for