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Yazoo City ‘remembers’ hometown writer Willie Morris in holiday weekend festival

May 17, 2002

YAZOO CITY, Miss. — Yazoo City will honor one of their own when they hold the “Remembering Willie” festival over Memorial Day weekend to commemorate the life and literature of Willie Morris.

Most of the celebration will take place at Triangle Cultural Center, Willie Morris’ original grammar school, in Yazoo City.

Other writers who will be paying tribute to Morris include Barry Hannah, Clifton Taulbert, Charles Reagan Wilson, Ted Ownby, and Masaru Inoue.

The event will begin on Friday, May 24, with a reception, an art show, and a one-man show, Willie Remembers, featuring actor Jack Stevens and producer JoAnne Prichard Morris.

Saturday morning, the guest speakers and southern writers will speak on this year’s theme, “The Importance of Place.” Writers will also be available to sign books. The day concludes at Glenwood Cemetery near Willie Morris’gravesite with brief remarks, a performance by gospel singers, and the playing of “Taps” (which happens to be the title of Morris’ last, posthumously published novel).

Sunday will again feature book signings along with tours of the area.

For more details about the celebration, visit the “Remembering Willie” web site at

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