Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for
Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2001.
In this issue:
THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY
The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.
Franklin was born in Shanghai, China. (Dec. 3)
1925: Writer John
Alfred Williams was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Dec. 5)
Faulkner published Mountain Victory in the Saturday
Evening Post. (Dec. 3)
Faulkner publishes Vendee in the Saturday Evening
Post. (Dec. 5)
Williams play The Fugitive Kind premiered with the
Mummers of St. Louis, directed by Willard Holland. (Nov. 30)
Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire premiered
on Broadway, directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Marlon Brando and Jessica
Tandy. At the same time the play also debuted in New Orleans (without
the Broadway cast). (Dec. 3)
Weltys story The Bride of the Innisfallen is
published by the New Yorker. (Dec. 1)
Weltys story The Ponder Heart is published in
the New Yorker. (Dec. 5)
Faulkner left for Paris to begin work on the movie Land of
the Pharaohs for Howard Hawks. (Nov. 30)
1970: I Can't Imagine Tomorrow and Talk to Me Like the
Rain and Let Me Listen, by Tennessee
Williams, were televised together under the title Dragon Country
by New York Television Theatre. (Dec. 3)
Walker Alexander died of cancer in Chicago. (Nov. 30)
NEWS about MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
Vicksburg Playhouse auditioning for The Robber Bridegroom
The Parkside Playhouse in Vicksburg, Mississippi, announces auditions
for The Robber Bridegroom, based on the novel by Eudora
Welty. The production is seeking 20 adults, high school age and older,
and six children, seven years old and older. Auditions will be on December
1 from 3-6 p.m., and December 2 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call
"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
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In addition, we have added online access to past weekly newsletters.
Go to www.olemiss.edu/mwp/news/nl/
for past issues.
AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
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.
Dec. 1: Cover to Cover Books, Natchez, Mississippi, 1-3 p.m.
Book signing by Judy H. Tucker and Charline McCord, editors, and Wyatt
Waters, illustrator of the recently published Christmas Stories from
Mississippi. Call (601) 445-5752 for information.
Dec. 2: Books-a-Million, Jackson, Mississippi, 2-4 p.m.
Book signing by Judy H. Tucker and Charline McCord, editors of the
recently published Christmas Stories from Mississippi. Call (601)
366-3008 for information.
Dec. 8: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 3-5 p.m.
Holiday book signing by local authors. Among the local authors featured
in Square Books 2001 Holiday Catalog who will be on hand to sign books
Hannah (Yonder Stands Your Orphan), Larry
Brown (Billy Ray's Farm), Maude Schulyer Clay (Delta Land),
John T. Edge (Mrs. Wilke's Boarding House Cookbook, Southern Belly),
and Ace Atkins (Leavin' Trunk Blues). Other author appearances
If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers,
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NEW BOOKS from or about the state of Mississippi
Christmas Stories from Mississippi
Edited by Judy H. Tucker and Charline R. McCord
Illustrated by Wyatt Waters
University Press of Mississippi (Hardcover, $28.00, ISBN: 1578063817)
Description from the publisher:
How do you create Christmas spirit when the temperature refuses to dip
below fifty degrees or when snow is a miracle that vanishes at sunrise?
Held together by bonds of family, soil, and history, Mississippians share
a peculiar yuletide experience in the Deep South. To capture the states
unique holiday glow, Christmas Stories from Mississippi packages
writings by such greats as Eudora
Faulkner, and Ellen
Gilchrist with the work of such rising stars as Edward
Cohen, Carolyn Haines, and Caroline Langston.
Illustrated by one of Mississippis best known artists, Wyatt Waters,
these seventeen short stories and essays reveal the wonders and sorrows
of Christmastime and the special poignancy of childhood memories. With
Waters's touch, the book makes the perfect gift for literary readers and
anyone who relishes life in Mississippi.
Christmas Stories from Mississippi opens with Weltys classic,
A Worn Path, and closes with Morriss personal reflection,
Christmases Gone, Revisited. Between the writings of these
two Mississippi literary giants are stories, memoirs, essays, and excerpts
such as Spencers Presents, Gilchrists Surviving
the Holiday Season, an excerpt from Faulkners Light in
August, Hannahs Sermon with Meath, and Taulberts
Quilts: Kiver for My Children.
The many storytellers and many perspectives in Christmas Stories from
Mississippi share Southern experiences in which families create their
own entertainment, relish and break traditions, and celebrate a season
in ways no other regions families can.
Judy H. Tucker (Jackson, Mississippi) has published in Mississippi
Magazine, the Clarion-Ledger, the Northside Sun, and
Southern Living. Charline R. McCord (Clinton, Mississippi) is vice-president
of publishing at DREAM, Inc., and has been published in The Southern
Quarterly, The Mississippi Quarterly, and the Clarion-Ledger.
Wyatt Waters lives in Clinton, Mississippi. Two books that feature his
watercolors are Another Coat of Paint and Painting Home.
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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