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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for April 5-18, 2002.

In this issue:


The following events all happened during these two weeks in Mississippi history.

1682: Following a journey down the Mississippi River from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, claims the entire Mississippi River watershed for France and names it Louisiana in honor of King Louis XIV. (April 9)

1732: The Mississippi Company, bankrupted by the long struggle with the Natchez, surrendered its charter and was reverted to direct control by the crown. (April 10)

1819: Southwestern humorist Joseph Beckham Cobb was born near Lexington, Georgia. (April 11)

1862: The Battle of Shiloh, the first major battle in the western theater of the American Civil War, began near Pittsburgh Landing along the Tennessee River, a few miles north of Corinth, Mississippi. The attacking Confederates on this first day were initially victorious, pushing Union troops under the command of Ulysses S. Grant back to a line of defenses near the river, although the Confederate commanding general, Albert Sidney Johnston, was hit in the leg and bled to death as his personal surgeon attended to other wounded. (April 6)

1862: The Battle of Shiloh concluded with a Union counterattack that overwhelmed Confederate forces under General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, who succeeded Albert Sidney Johnston as commander after his death on the first day of the battle. The Confederate forces retreated to Corinth, Mississippi, and then to Tupelo, Mississippi. (April 7)

1909: Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (April 13)

1910: Jamie L. Whitten, U.S. Congressman and author of That We May Live, was born in Cascilla, Mississippi. (April 18)

1916: English professor John H. Long was born in Carthage, Mississippi. (April 8)

1918: Estelle Oldham, future wife of William Faulkner, married her first husband, Cornell Franklin, in Oxford, Mississippi. (April 18)

1921: Carolyn Bennett Patterson, a writer and editor for National Geographic, was born in Laurel, Mississippi. (April 12)

1924: Kelly Rollins, a U.S. Air Force officer and author of the novel Fighter Pilots, was born in Grenada, Mississippi. (April 13)

1925: William Faulkner published “Cheest” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (April 5)

1925: William Faulkner published “Out of Nazareth” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (April 12)

1929: Historian Charles T. Davis was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (April 14)

1933: The film Today We Live, based on the short story “Turnabout” by William Faulkner, premiered in Oxford at the Lyric Theatre. (April 12)

1934: William Faulkner published Doctor Martino and Other Stories. (April 16)

1937: Historian James W. Hammack Jr. was born in Scooba, Mississippi. (April 5)

1939: Historian Jimmie Lewis Franklin was born in Moscow, Mississippi. (April 10)

1942: Historian John Worthington Jeffries was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (April 6)

1943: Writer and psychologist C. Rayfield Haynes was born in Prentiss, Mississippi. (April 16)

1944: Film director, producer, and screenwriter Charles Burnett was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (April 13)

1946: Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in New York. (April 15)

1947: Insurance writer and newspaper columnist John E. Gregg married Sue Burke. (April 17)

1951: Journalist Frank Trippett married Betty Timberlake. (April 6)

1951: Fiction writer Kay Sloan was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (April 11)

1951: William Faulkner left for a three-week trip to France and England. (April 12)

1953: Children’s author Jerdine Nolen was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. (April 6)

1955: The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Stories by Eudora Welty was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in New York. (April 6)

1959: I Rise in Flame, Cried the Phoenix, Tennessee Williams’ biographical account of D.H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda, opened at Theatre de Lys, New York. (April 14)

1964: David Edgar Guyton died. (April 16)

1967: The Wishing Tree, by William Faulkner, was published in the Saturday Evening Post. (April 8)

1968: Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley was first produced Off-Broadway at Theatre Four in New York City. (April 14)

1970: Losing Battles by Eudora Welty was published by Random House, New York. (April 13)

1981: Journalist Mark Foster Ethridge died after several strokes in Chatham County, North Carolina. (April 5)

1988: Biology professor Joseph J. Schwab died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (April 13)

2000: A new play by Beth Henley, Family Week, opened at the Off-Broadway Century Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York, starring Angelina Phillips, Rose Gregorio, and Carol Kane, and directed by Ulu Grosbard. (April 10)

2000: Family Week by Beth Henley closed after one week of performances at the Off-Broadway Century Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York. (April 16)



University of Mississippi Special Collections to offer Tennessee Williams exhibition

April 10 , 2002

OXFORD, Miss. — A special exhibition on Tennessee Williams will open in conjunction with the 2002 Oxford Conference for the Book, which is dedicated this year to the famous playwright from Mississippi.

The exhibition, assembled by the University’s Department of Archives and Special Collections, will feature several cases devoted to Williams’ life and career. The exhibition will open on April 11 and continue through the end of the year.

Unique items on display include a signed copy of the August 1928 issue of Weird Tales Magazine, which contains Thomas Lanier Williams’ first published work, a short story, “The Vengeance of Niocris”; a Williams poem printed in the 1932 University of Missouri yearbook; and the annotated typesetting draft for the screenplay of Baby Doll. Also in the exhibition will be several vintage movie posters based on Williams’ work and other paper ephemera.

A number of rare Tennessee Williams items are also included in Special Collections 1975-2000: A Silver Anniversary Exhibition. Highlighting a quarter century of acquisitions, this exhibition includes literary rarities of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Larry Brown, and Richard Wright.

The Department of Archives and Special Collections is located on the third floor of the J. D. Williams Library on the University of Mississippi campus. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for university holidays.

For more information, call (662) 915-7408, or visit the library web site at


Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference to feature ‘Faulkner and His Contemporaries’

April 12 , 2002

By Donald M. Kartiganer

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Winter 2002 edition of The Southern Register, the newsletter of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

OXFORD, Miss. — One of the most striking aspects of William Faulkner’s relationship to the literature of his time is the combination of his physical remoteness from its leading figures and urban centers and his intellectual grasp of its underlying dynamics. He spent the bulk of his life in the small North Mississippi town of Oxford, rejecting the “revolt against the village,” versions of which most of his major contemporaries were carrying out, often to the point of leaving not only their birthplaces but the country itself. Faulkner remained where he was, and yet he was keenly aware of the extraordinary developments taking place elsewhere in the nature of literary expression, and the philosophical, psychological, and cultural shifts that were driving them.

“Faulkner and His Contemporaries,” the 29th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, will explore the literary and intellectual relations Faulkner shares with other writers as well as the extent to which his work is a reflection of, and a commentary on, theirs. Six scholars appearing at the conference for the first time are Houston A. Baker Jr., of Duke University, Grace Elizabeth Hale, of the University of Virginia, George Monteiro, of Brown University, Danièle Pitavy-Souques, University of Burgundy, France, Peggy Whitman Prenshaw, of Louisiana State University, and Merrill Maguire Skaggs, of Drew University.

Baker, author and editor of more than 25 volumes of criticism and poetry, including Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance and Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism, Re-Reading Booker T., will discuss his personal odyssey through Faulkner: he first studied him at Howard University with Toni Morrison, later taught his work in Paris, and has now returned to the South to read him again in North Carolina. Hale, author of Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940, will explore the shifting politics and aesthetics of “loving and hating” the South for Faulkner and his white male contemporaries.

By the 1950s, toward the end of both of their careers, the American writer with whom Faulkner was most often linked and compared was Hemingway. Monteiro, author and editor of studies in both American and Portuguese literature, including Robert Frost and the New England Renaissance, The Correspondence of Henry James and Henry Adams, Fernando Pessoa and 19th-Century Anglo-American Literature, and Stephen Crane’s Blue Badge of Courage, will trace some “debts” each may have incurred from the other, Faulkner’s to Hemingway in the “Wild Palms” section of If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, and Hemingway’s to the “Old Man” section of the same novel in some of his later work.

Pitavy-Souques and Prenshaw will take up Faulkner’s relationships with some of his Southern contemporaries. Pitavy-Souques, author of two volumes on Eudora Welty, as well as a book-length study of Canadian women writers, will discuss Intruder in the Dust and The Ponder Heart in the context of the civil rights movement and the way in which both texts enact a transgression against the reigning values of the time. Prenshaw, author and editor of volumes on Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Spencer, other Southern women writers, and Southern cultural history, will describe the responses of Welty, Spencer, and Ellen Douglas to Faulkner’s legacy, with particular attention to the issue of racism. Skaggs, author of two books on Willa Cather, a writer Faulkner much admired, will discuss Faulkner’s use of Cather’s 1922 novel, One of Ours, part of which is set in France during World War I.

Returning to the conference will be Deborah Clarke, of Pennsylvania State University, author of Robbing the Mother: Women in Faulkner, who will bring together Faulkner, Henry Ford, and the automobile culture; Michel Gresset, of the Institut d’Anglais, Université de Paris 7, author of A Faulkner Chronology and Fascination: Faulkner’s Fiction, 1919-1936, who will address Faulkner’s place in the French literary scene; and W. Kenneth Holditch, Research Professor Emeritus of the University of New Orleans, author and editor of numerous studies and editions of the works of Tennessee Williams, who will deal with Faulkner and New Orleans, focusing primarily on his connections with John Dos Passos and Williams.

Also returning will be Donald Kartiganer, author of The Fragile Thread: The Meaning of Form in Faulkner’s Novels and coeditor with Ann J. Abadie of seven volumes of proceedings of the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, who will discuss the role of “gesture” in Faulkner and Hemingway, and Thomas Rankin, director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, who will consider Faulkner and the photographer Walker Evans and their respective “images” of the South.

In addition to the formal lectures, Reckon Crew, a group of four Nashville singer-songwriters, will present the song cycle As I Lay Dying, evocative musical settings of Faulkner’s classic novel. Composers David Olney, Tom House, Karren Pell, and Tommy Goldsmith use folk, country, blues, and gospel styles to accompany Faulkner’s story of the Bundrens’ sometimes blackly humorous struggle to take Addie Bundren to Jefferson for burial.

Other program events will include discussions by Faulkner friends and family; sessions on “Teaching Faulkner” directed by James Carothers, University of Kansas, Robert Hamblin, Southeast Missouri State University, Arlie Herron, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Charles Peek, University of Nebraska at Kearney; and guided tours of North Mississippi. Arlie Herron will present a slide show of photographs of North Mississippi, images, as he puts it, “of things and people that reminded me of Faulkner in Oxford, New Albany, the Hill Country, the Delta, and along the River.”

The University’s John Davis Williams Library will display Faulkner books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia; and the University Press of Mississippi will exhibit Faulkner books published by university presses throughout the United States. Films relating to the author’s life and work will be available for viewing during the week. Ms. Booth’s Garden, an exhibition of photographs by Jack Kotz, will be on display in the Gammill Gallery at Barnard Observatory.

The conference will begin on Sunday, July 21, with an reception at the University Museums for Paradox in Paradise, an exhibition of mixed media artworks by Lea Barton. This will be followed by an afternoon program of readings from Faulkner and the announcement of the winners of the 13th Faux Faulkner Contest. The contest, coordinated by the author’s niece, Dean Faulkner Wells, is sponsored by Hemispheres Magazine/United Airlines, Yoknapatawpha Press and its Faulkner Newsletter, and the University of Mississippi. Other events will include a Sunday buffet supper served at the home of Dr. and Mrs. M. B. Howorth Jr., “Faulkner on the Fringe” — an “open-mike” evening at the Southside Gallery, guided day-long tours of North Mississippi on Tuesday, a picnic served at Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, on Wednesday, and a closing party Friday afternoon at Square Books.

For more information about the conference, contact the Center for Non-Credit Education, P.O. Box 879, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848; telephone (662) 915-7282; fax (662) 915-5138, e-mail For on-line information, including an online registration form, consult the official conference web site at

For information about participating in the conference through Elderhostel, call (877) 426-8056 and refer to the program number 24225, or contact Carolyn Vance Smith by telephone, (601) 446-1208, or e-mail,


Tennessee Williams’ ‘Slapstick Tragedy’ performances scheduled for April 18-20

April 12, 2002

By Deidra Jackson
University of Mississippi News Services

OXFORD, Miss. — Tennessee Williams’ devotees and others may laugh to keep from crying at the dismal but heartfelt themes that run through the American playwright’s “Slapstick Tragedy,” which plays April 18-20 at The University of Mississippi’s Fulton Chapel.

In an unusual twist, the audience will be seated on the stage, so the auditorium becomes a “warehouse” for the actors.

Curtains open at 8 p.m. on the Oxford campus for each UM Department of Theatre Arts-sponsored performance. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children under 18, and $4.50 for UM students. They are available at the Central Ticket Office.

“I think audiences will be surprised by a Tennessee Williams they may not yet have encountered,” said director Michele Cuomo, a UM assistant professor of theatre arts. “I hope they will be startled, amused, saddened and ultimately elated.”

“Slapstick Tragedy” is a package of two one-act dramas, “The Gndiges Fraulein” and “The Mutilated.”

In “The Gndiges Fraulein” (German for “gracious lady”), vicious scavenger birds repeatedly attack an ex-vaudeville singer as she attempts to gather fish for her supper. “The Mutilated” centers on a dilapidated New Orleans hotel and two seedy characters -- one morbidly sensitive about having a breast removed. They quarrel and make up in their miserable companionship, implying that all people suffer in one way or another.

“Though I was able to appreciate the style, I could not bring myself to smile,” said drama critic and Group Theater co-founder Harold Clurman after the play’s 1966 Broadway debut. “I was too conscious that its author was in pain.”

By employing a creative use of place, the UM theatrical crew creates a sense of magical realism in the tragicomedy as characters walk and see through walls, Cuomo said. The crew also is “using projected images to acclimate audiences to a Tennessee Williams they might not be familiar with,” Cuomo added.

Actors’ gestures and voices help “recreate a style of the absurd,” she added.

Williams reportedly wrote the mournful plays while he was deeply depressed and concerned about his career as a playwright and the role of the artist in society. His 1960s dramas, which critics term “absurdist,” center on what he saw as the hopelessness, irrationality and meaninglessness of life.

“I became fascinated with absurdist drama after working with graduate students on some (Samuel) Beckett pieces,” said Cuomo, who last season directed her original adaptation of “The Little Clay Cart.”

The cast features two UM faculty -- professor of English Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth and associate professor of theatre arts Jennifer Mizenko. Student performers are senior Sarah Szymanski of Long Beach; graduate student Rebecca Bourgeois of Oxford; freshman Ritt Conner of Tulsa, Okla.; junior Michael Jones of Little Rock, Ark.; senior Priscilla Parchia of Litha Springs, Ga.; and junior Cylis Wilson of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Set designer is senior Russell Bockemuehl of Spring Hill, Fla., and freshman John Williamson of Montgomery, Ala., is projectionist. Designers are senior Arlene Watson of Baton Rouge, La., and sophomores Amy Strickland of Pheba, and Palmer Brown of Jackson. Lighting designer is graduate student Michael Knight of Amarillo, Texas, and sound designer is freshman Kellene Depew of Bellaire, Texas.

Call 662-915-7411 to reserve seating using VISA or MasterCard. Persons requiring special assistance because of a disability also should contact the sponsor.

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The following articles were recently added to the Writer Listings:

NEW BOOKS by Mississippi Writers

Mississippi Delta Women in PrismMississippi Delta Women in Prism
Poems by Claire T. Feild
NewSouth Books (Paperback, $15.95, ISBN: 1588380386)
Publication date: March 2002


In her debut collection, Claire T. Feild offers narrative poems about women living in the Mississippi Delta in the 1950s and the early 1960s. Many of the poems speak of proprieties revered by these women during a time of placidity that eventually sparked radical change. A darker meaning pervades these poems, for black-white relationships are explored by a writer whose formative years were spent collecting images from the kudzu-covered hills along Highway 49, the sultry cotton fields of the Yazoo Delta, and locales such as Henick’s Auto Supply and Goose Egg Park.

The Collected Poems of Tennessee WilliamsThe Collected Poem of Tennessee Williams
Edited by David E. Roessel and Nicholas Rand Moschovakis
New Directions (Hardcover, $29.95, ISBN: 0811215083)
Publication date: April 2002

Description from Publishers Weekly:

Even after his plays made him a celebrity, Tennessee Williams “identified himself, privately, as a lone and tortured poet,” reveal editors Nicholas Moschovakis and David Roessel (co-editor, The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes) in their introduction to The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams. Williams (1911-1983) wrote verse throughout his life, which is fully collected for the first time in this anthology. In the Winter of Cities and Androgyne, Mon Amour, the two collections Williams published in his lifetime, are here, as are uncollected pieces, verse from his plays and fiction, early works from the 1930s indebted to his hero Hart Crane, and even juvenilia by “Thos. Williams, 9th gr.” Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Living Dead in DallasLiving Dead in Dallas
By Charlaine Harris
Book 2 of The Southern Vampires Series
Ace Books (Paperback, $6.50, ISBN: 0441009239)
Publication date: April 2002

Description from the publisher:

When a vampire asks Sookie Stackhouse to use her telepathic skills to find another missing vampire, she agrees under one condition: the bloodsuckers must promise to let the humans go unharmed.

Easier said than done.

Light in AugustLight in August: The Corrected Text
By William Faulkner
First published in 1932
Modern Library (Hardcover, $18.95, ISBN: 067964248X)
Publication date: April 2002


One of Faulkner’s most admired and accessible novels, Light in August reveals the great American author at the height of his powers. Lena Grove’s resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkner’s most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry.

Powerfully entwining these characters’ stories, Light in August vividly brings to life Faulkner’s imaginary South, one of literature’s great invented landscapes, in all of its impoverished, violent, unerringly fascinating glory.

This edition reproduces the corrected text of Light in August as established in 1985 by Noel Polk.  

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

April 15: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Mary Kay Andrews (a.k.a. Kathy Trocheck) returns to Square Books with her new novel, Savannah Blues. For more information, go to

April 15: Madison Library, 994 Madison Ave., Jackson, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Martin Hegwood will sign copies of his new book, Massacre Island. For more information, call (601) 856-2749.

April 16: Madison Public Library, Madison, Mississippi, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Book signing for poet Jeanne Kelly, author of From Sunrise to Sunset. In honor of National Library Week, the library is sponsoring a book signing featuring a local author each day.

April 17: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00 noon.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “The Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection.” A presentation by Alfred Lemmon of the Williams Research Center. For more information, contact the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, (662) 915-5993, web site

April 17: Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, Jackson, Mississippi, 5:30 p.m.

Mary Kay Andrews reads and signs her new novel, Savannah Blues. For more information, go to

April 17: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Alistair MacLeod will come to Square Books to read and sign copies of his latest short story collection, Island. For more information, go to

April 18: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Chris Offutt returns to Square Books with his new memoir, No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home. For more information, go to

April 18: University Museums, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00 noon.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “The Spelvin Folk Art Collection.” Visiting artist Beauvais Lyons, director of the Hokes Archives at the University of Tennessee, gives tour of the current UM Museums exhibit of the George and Helen Spelvin Folk Art Collection, showing through May 31, 2002. For more information, contact Albert Sperath at (662) 915-7073, or by e-mail,

April 18-20: Fulton Chapel Auditorium, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 8:00 p.m.

Theatre production of “The Slapstick Tragedy,” two one-act tragedies by Tennessee Williams. For details, see the above article or contact contact: the Department of Theatre Arts, (662) 915-5816, web site

April 19: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Poet Beth Ann Fennelly will read and sign copies of her new collection of poems, Open House. For more information, go to

April 17: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00 noon.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “Teaching Southern Culture at an HBCU: A Review of the Courses at Tennessee State University.” Presentation by Lynn Lewis of Tennessee State University. For more information, contact the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, (662) 915-5993, web site

April 24: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Book reading/signing by Kevin Brockmeier, author of Things That Fall From the Sky, a debut short story collection by the O’Henry Award-winning writer. For more information, go to

April 25: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Writer Stephen Marion will read from his debut novel Hollow Ground on the Thacker Mountain Radio show. For more information, go to

April 26: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. will come to Square Books to discuss the book The Bondwoman’s Narrative, written in the 1850s by Hannah Crafts, a slave in North Carolina. Gates edited the manuscript. For more information, go to

April 27: Double Decker Arts Festival, Courthouse Square, Oxford, Mississippi, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The 7th annual community celebration, featuring music, arts, crafts, food, games and other live entertainment. Taking its name from the town’s authentic double decker bus imported from England in 1994, the festival draws over 40,000 people for day-long festivities on the picturesque Courthouse Square in downtown Oxford. For more information, contact the Oxford Tourism Council at 1-800-758-9177, or visit the festival web site,

April 27: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Children’s book writer Laurie Parker will give a reading at Square Books in Oxford from her new book, The Turtle Saver. It’s the story of a man who stops on the Natchez Trace to move a turtle off the pavement and ends up setting off a hilarious chain of events. For more information, go to

April 30: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Music historian Bill Malone will talk about his new book called Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’: Country Music and the Southern Working Class. For more information, go to

April 30: Old Chemistry Auditorium, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Mississippi writer Greg Iles will give a reading and lecture sponsored by the John & Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and Department of English. Iles is the author of six novels, including 24 Hours and Dead Sleep. For more information on Iles, visit his web site at

July 21-26: 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference
“Faulkner and His Contemporaries”
The University of Mississippi, Oxford

Conference and registration information is now available on the web at the

If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers, please let us know by writing us at


The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.

Interhostel: “Views from the South: Literature, History, and Art”
April 21-26, 2002
E. F. Yerby Conference Center, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

Short-term academic program for individuals 50 and older (with accompanying spouses or adult companions of any age). Sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Studies. Fee: $845 (includes five nights hotel accommodations, meals, classes and extracurricular activities). Sponsored by: UM Institute for Continuing Studies. For more information, please contact: Lynne Geller at 662-915-7282; or email:

May 2, 2002

Tupelo, Mississippi, native Joe Edd Morris will read from his debut novel, Land Where My Fathers Died, at Square Books in Oxford. Visit for details.

May 7, 2002

Rhonda Rich, author of What Southern Women Know, will come to Square Books in Oxford to read and sign copies of her newest book, My Life in the Pits. Visit for details.

May 9, 2002

David Anthony Durham will read and sign copies of his newest novel, Walk Through Darkness, at Square Books in Oxford. Visit for details.

May 13, 2002

Writer Barry Gifford will read and sign copies of his newest book American Falls: The Collected Stories, at Square Books in Oxford. Visit for details.

May 16, 2002

Pamela Petro will read and discuss her new book, Sitting Up With the Dead: A Storied Journey through the American South, at Square Books in Oxford. Visit for details.

May 18, 2002

Poet Jeanne Kelly, author of From Sunrise to Sunset, will be available at the MPS Spring Festival at Lake Tiak-O’khata in Louisville, Mississippi.

May 24, 2002

Claire T. Feild will read and sign copies of her book of poems, Mississippi Delta Women in Prism, at Lemuria Books in Jackson. Visit for details.

May 24-26, 2002

“Remembering Willie: A Yazoo Celebration,” a festival held in honor of famous former Yazoo City resident Willie Morris. Among the authors and speakers are Kaye Gibbons, Barry Hannah, Clifton Taulbert, and Claire T. Feild.

June 26, 2002

Novelist Joe Kanon will read and sign copies of his historical thriller The Good German, at Square Books in Oxford. Visit for details.

November 11, 2002

Poetry Reading by J. D. McClatchy, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

February 6, 2003

U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2002) Billy Collins reads from his poetry and offers commentary on his work and other matters. Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

February 17, 2003

A reading by Clifton L. Taulbert on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

April 10-13, 2003

Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi.

July 20-25, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

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