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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for Nov. 1-7, 2001.

In this issue:


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. (Nov. 6)

1915: Jewel Goodgame Varnado was born in Collins, Mississippi. (Nov. 3)

1924: Tennessee 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. (Nov. 1)

1934: William Faulkner published the short story “Raid” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Nov. 2)

1939: William Faulkner published “Hands upon the Waters” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Nov. 4)

1941: Jessie Rosenberg was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Nov. 1)

1941: A Curtain of Green by Eudora Welty was published by Doubleday in New York. (Nov. 7)

1946: Walker Percy, aged 30, married Mary Bernice Townsend. (Nov. 7)

1974: Tennessee 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)


"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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The following articles were recently added to the Writer Listings:

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

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 writer Richard Ford.

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, 12 noon
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

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 civil rights.


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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For more information about events in the Oxford and University, Mississippi Community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:

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