Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for
Nov. 15-29, 2001.
Editor's Note: Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this issue covers
two weeks instead of one. Our next issue will be on November 30, 2001.
In this issue:
THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY
The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.
1729: The Natchez attacked French settlers at Fort Rosalie, burning
the fort and killing 138 men, 35 women, and 56 children.The Natchez revolt
spreads throughout the area, with a massacre at Fort St. Pierre, overlooking
the Yazoo River near present-day Redwood. The French send 1,400 men from
New Orleans and drive them out of the Grand Village near Fort Rosalie;
over the next two years they will lay siege to the Natchez, virtually
destroying them as a nation. (Nov. 28)
Attaway was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Nov. 19)
1915: Graham R. Hodges was born in Wesson, Mississippi.
Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Nov. 17)
Faulkner published Landing in Luck in the Mississippian,
the student newspaper at the University of Mississippi. (Nov. 26)
Canzoneri was born in San Marcos, Texas. (Nov. 21)
1922: Thirteen-year-old Eudora
Weltys story Sophmore Class was published
in Jackson Hi-Lite. (Nov. 26)
E. Bailey was born in Durant, Mississippi. (Nov. 19)
Morris was born in Jackson, Mississippi; within half a year, the
family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi. (Nov. 29)
Faulkner published Tomorrow in the Saturday Evening
Post. (Nov. 23)
1946: Michael B. Ballard was born in Louisville, Mississippi.
Faulkner is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Faulkner published Knights Gambit. (Nov. 27)
1951: Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi.
1956: Stephen Cresswell was born in Jackson, Mississippi.
Faulkners Requiem for a Nun opened in Londons
Royal Court Theatre. (Nov. 26)
Wright died of a heart attack in Paris. (Nov. 28)
Williams The Eccentricities of a Nightingale opened
on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre starring Betsy Palmer and David Selby.
NEWS about MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
Mississippi writers association announces ‘Let’s Write’ Literary Contest
The Gulf Coast Writers Assocation has announced the opening of its 14th
annual “Let’s Write” Literary Contest.
The association, based in Gulfport, Mississippi, will accept submissions
from November 15, 2001, through February 15, 2002.
The contest has separate competitions for adults and youth. For the adult
contest, all categories — Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction — are open to
all writers throughout the world, published or unpublished. The Young
Writers contest is limited to two categories, Poetry and Fiction, and
is open only to teens — ages 13 through 18. Entrants reaching age 19 before
February 15, 2002, should enter adult categories.
For detailed submission rules and guidelines or for more information,
visit the Gulf Coast Writers Association website at www.gcwriters.org
"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.
For more information, please read the entire article
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AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
Nov. 28: Barnard Observatory Lecture Hall, The University of Mississippi,
Brown Bag Lecture: "'A Sinister Zone of Likeness': Journalists as
Heroes and VIllains." Lecture by Joe Atkins, University of Mississippi
associate professor of journalism. Sponsored by UM Center
for the Study of Southern Culture. UM-Oxford campus, Barnard Observatory
lecture hall. Call (662) 915-5993 for more information.
Nov. 30: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.
Mississippian Martin Hegwood will return to Square Books to read from
his newest thriller, Massacre Island. The book, the third in the
Jack Delmas series, is the story of a woman's grisly murder on a small
island off the coast of Alabama.
If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers,
please let us by writing us at email@example.com.
NEW BOOKS by Mississippi writers
Poems by T. R. Hummer
Louisiana State University Press (Paperback, $16.95, ISBN: 0807126691)
Published October 2001
From the publisher:
Useless Virtues, T. R. Hummer’s seventh book of poetry, is a wide-ranging
series of forays into metaphysical territory. Its presiding inquiry concerns
the dependency of our consciousness and our spirit on the untrustworthy
powers of language. How often and how deeply is our faith—in words, if
not in gods—misplaced, destructive, glorious, redemptive? How can we know?
This powerful collection is fueled by the desire to answer these impossible,
The centerpiece of the book, Axis, takes as its terrain the thought
of Martin Heidegger, and through this brilliant and controversial figure
the nature of identity, of humanity, is contemplated. The poem is, finally,
a lyrical farewell to the poet’s father and to his generation — the generation
for which World War II was the great defining destiny — and hence to that
century we called 19.
In these poems we find the almost sensual allure of direst possibility.
From a woman who, during lovemaking, envisions strangling her lover, to
a Pernod drinker whose dark imaginings recall the absinthe addicts of
an earlier era — mortality and loss, as well as human failing, are hovering
Philosophic and searching, traditional yet bold, Useless Virtues
is the work of a master poet at his best.
Find out more about this book and other titles at the LSU Press website,
A novel by John
Doubleday (Hardcover, $19.95, ISBN: 0385505833)
Published Nov. 6, 2001
From the publisher:
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties,
no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora
Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip
the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street
without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas
Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one,
because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But,
as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous
consequences and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.
A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious
look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
For more about this book as well as an excerpt, you may visit the official
John Grisham website at www.randomhouse.com/features/grisham/index.html
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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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For more information about events in the Oxford and University, Mississippi
Community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:
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