Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for
Nov. 1-7, 2001.
In this issue:
THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY
The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.
1848: The University of Mississippi
opened its first semester of classes, with a class consisting of 79 Mississippians
and one Tennessean. The first university president was George Frederick
Holmes, a 28-year-old who would remain in office for only five months.
1915: Jewel Goodgame Varnado was born in Collins, Mississippi.
Williams first story, Isolated, was published
in Junior Life, a bi-weekly newspaper of Blewett Junior High School
in St. Louis, Missouri. (Nov. 7)
1926: James Earl Sellers was born in Lucedale, Mississippi.
Faulkner published the short story Raid in the Saturday
Evening Post. (Nov. 2)
Faulkner published Hands upon the Waters in the Saturday
Evening Post. (Nov. 4)
1941: Jessie Rosenberg was born in Greenville, Mississippi.
1941: A Curtain of Green by Eudora
Welty was published by Doubleday in New York. (Nov. 7)
Percy, aged 30, married Mary Bernice Townsend. (Nov. 7)
Williams play Battle of Angels opened at Circle Theatre
in New York, 34 years after its Boston premiere. (Nov. 2)
1981: Crimes of the Heart, a play by Beth
Henley, premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre. The
play would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981. (Nov. 4)
NEWS about MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
"Call for Papers: Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 2002, 'Faulkner
and His Contemporaries' "
The Department of English and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
have announced a call for papers for the 2002 Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha
Conference, to be held at the University of Mississippi from July 21-26,
2002. The deadline for submissions of plenary papers (approximately 6,000
words) and short papers (approximately 2,500 words) is January 15, 2002.
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NEW FEATURES in the MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
The following articles were recently added to the Writer Listings:
AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
Nov. 2: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.
National Geographic staff photographer William Allard comes to Square
Books to discuss his new book of fantastic photographs, Portraits of
America. The book includes a foreword by Pulitzer winning Mississippi
Nov. 6: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.
Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Mary Robison comes to Square
Books to read and sign copies of her new novel, Why Did I Ever?
Nov. 7: Barnard Observatory Lecture Hall, The University of Mississippi,
Brown Bag Lecture: "Rising Tides: The Mississippi Delta in the 21st
Century," by Luther Brown, Director, Delta Center for Culture and
Learning at Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi
If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers,
please let us by writing us at email@example.com.
NEW BOOKS from or about the state of Mississippi
An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962
By William Doyle
New York: Doubleday, 2001
from the dust jacket:
An American Insurrection is the true story
of the worst constitutional crisis since the Civil War and of a major
turning point in American history. It takes readers into the eye of the
chaotic and ferocious white uprising that occurred when Air Force veteran
James Meredith tried to become the first black student at the University
of Mississippi, only to be physically blocked by radical segregationist
Governor Ross Barnett, hundreds of state police, and thousands of student
and civilian "volunteers" from across the South. The revolt
climaxed in a fourteen-hour battle and the lightning invasion of the state
by 30,000 combat troops ordered in by President John F. Kennedy.
Based on years of intensive research, including
more than 500 interviews with witnesses and key plays in the drama, recently
unsealed FBI files, and on JFK's Oval Office and Cabinet Room tapes recorded
during the crisis, An American Insurrection unearths the unsung
heroes and more than a few villains of a dark and violent
event that has remained buried in the historical shadows until now. It
is the unforgettable account of a governor in rebellion, a president in
crisis, soldiers on a perilous mission, a state sliding into civil war,
and a battle crushed forever the southern strategy of massive resistance.
What Black Hawk Down was to the American mission in Somalia, An
American Insurrection is destined to become to the epic struggle for
ON THE HORIZON
The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You
may want to begin planning to attend or participate.
The Ninth Oxford Conference for the Book
April 11-14, 2002
The University of Mississippi and Oxford, Mississippi
Check back for registration information.
The 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference:
"Faulkner and His Contemporaries"
July 21-26, 2002
The University of Mississippi, Oxford
Information on registration will be available in early 2002.
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Community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:
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