Faulkner birthday celebration set for Sept. 25 at Ole Miss
Sept. 20, 2003
By Deidra Jackson
OXFORD, Miss. — Its only a matter of time before local leaders declare William Faulkners birthday to be a civic holiday in Oxford.
At least thats the belief shared by some literature lovers at the the University of Mississippi as they plan a free, public celebration of what would have been the Nobel Prize-winning authors 106th birthday this Thursday, Sept. 25.
“I dont know why Faulkners birthday is not already a state or national holiday, for that matter,” said Joseph Urgo, chair of the Department of English.
“Very few towns in America can attest to having been home to one of humanitys giants. Because of Faulkner, today Oxford, Mississippi, is the epicenter of American literature and world literature.”
Held at Faulkners historic home Rowan Oak on Old Taylor Road, the 4 p.m. celebration is sponsored by the University Writing Center and Department of English. Cake and punch will be served.
Coinciding with UMs Writing Emphasis Week, the event features a reading by North Dakota native Larry Watson, author of Orchard, his sixth and latest novel. It is a portrait of the entangled lives of two couples in rural Wisconsin during the 1950s.
Commemorative toasts are to be offered by Donald Kartiganer, UMs Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies, and Charles Reagan Wilson, director of the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Oxford Mayor Richard Howorth will reflect on Faulkner at Rowan Oak.
“Its no Hollywood set, but it is far more glamorous to us,” reads invitations to the event.
For more information or for assistance related to a disability, call the Department of English at 662-915-7439.
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