Upcoming Twitter chat with Michael Morris. Halloween literary fun. Inside the App with Edgar Allan Poe & The Raven Society. The Flannery O'Connor Soundboard in Literary News. A book festival for every weekend in Literary Events & a story about a dead body in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
This Saturday, October 27, Louisiana's State Library in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Center for the Book host the Louisiana Book Festival - a free literary celebration with 148 authors and more than 100 programs.
Flannery O'Connor finally speaks, direct from Lafayette. What we're reading. The best horror stories and a sensory visit to the Eudora Welty House in Literary News. Zora Neale Hurston on fashion in (Non)Required Reading. Accolades for Deep South writers & a poem about the ghostly wives of Jefferson Davis in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
Discover how Lafayette fits into the life of late author John Kennedy Toole at a booksigning next week.
Twitter Chat with Tim Westover. A review of 'Dixie Bohemia.' The Scarlett O'Hara School of Self Deception in (Non)Required Reading. Haunted libraries, Flannery O'Connor & As I Lay Dying in Literary News. Telling tales in Literary Events & creative nonfiction about a claw-foot tub in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
Yesterday, O'Connor Symposium committee member and UL Lafayette English professor Dr. Mary Ann Wilson was interviewed about her literary find on the university's public radio station.
Lost in Auraria with Tim Westover. Deep South events on John Kennedy Toole and Flannery O'Connor. Anne Rice's New Orleans apartment swap. Banned books & October reads. Famous literary characters in real life. Fairhope's Grand Festival of Books this weekend. And new fiction in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
Tim Westover's new book about the water spirits, moon maidens and haunted pianos that live in a fading gold rush town - and the man who is in charge of their fate - is a must-read for fall.
Talking Backseat Saints, storytelling and being a Southern writer. New York Times bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson lives in Georgia with her husband, their two children and way too many feckless animals. Her first novel, gods in Alabama, debuted in 2005, winning the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Novel of the Year Award that year. Jackson won Georgia Author of the Year for her second novel, Between, Georgia, and her third novel, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, was a Break Out book at Target and was shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. Her latest, Backseat Saints, tells the story of Rose Mae Lolley, a fierce, tiny ball of war wounds who was a minor character in gods in Alabama. Her life changes dramatically when she meets an airport gypsy who shares her past and knows her future. The gypsy’s dire prediction: Ro’s handsome, violent husband is going to kill her-unless she kills him first. We were thrilled when Jackson agreed to answer a few questions and even more delighted with her honest, often humorous, answers. Her books are some of the best we’ve read in a long time, and their depth, attention to detail and ability to capture both the good and bad sides of the South ensure there’s a little something for