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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for September 20-26, 2002

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The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.

1779: After joining France in alliance against the British, Spain defeated British forces at Baton Rouge and took control of the British outpost at Natchez, later strengthening Spain’s post-war claims to its former Florida possessions. (Sep. 21)

1790: Southwestern humorist Augustus Baldwin Longstreet was born in Augusta, Georgia. (Sep. 22)

1897: William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi. (Sep. 25)

1899: Murry C. Falkner, brother of John and William Faulkner, was born in Ripley, Mississippi. (Sep. 25)

1901: Novelist John Faulkner, brother of William Faulkner, was born in Ripley, Mississippi. (Sep. 24)

1902: William Faulkner’s family moved to Oxford, Mississippi, just three days prior to his fifth birthday. (Sep. 22)

1902: English professor Clyde Samuel Kilby was born in Johnson City, Tennessee. (Sep. 26)

1905: Journalist and editor George W. Healy, Jr., was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (Sep. 22)

1918: William Faulkner was posted to the School of Military Aeronautics in Toronto after his entry into the Canadian Royal Air Force in July. (Sep. 20)

1923: Political scientist William C. Havard, Jr., was born in Canton, Mississippi. (Sep. 26)

1925: Freelance artist and writer Polly Bolian was born in Mississippi. (Sep. 20)

1931: William Faulkner published These 13, a short story collection. (Sep. 21)

1932: Historian William N. Still, Jr., was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (Sep. 25)

1933: Presbyterian minister and religion professor Julius W. Melton, Jr., was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Sep. 25)

1936: Puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson, creator of the “Muppets,” was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Sep. 24)

1937: Professor of Old Testament studies J. Maxwell Miller was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. (Sep. 20)

1937: Eudora Welty’s story “A Memory” was accepted for publication by the Southern Review. It was slightly revised for a later publication in A Curtain of Green. (Sep. 23)

1937: Tennessee Williams arrived in Iowa City to finish his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa. (Sep. 23)

1937: Journalism professor A. Edward Foote was born in Burnsville, Mississippi. (Sep. 24)

1943: Eudora Welty’s The Wide Net and Other Stories was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York. (Sep. 23)

1948: Historian Patrick J. Geary was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Sep. 26)

1951: Journalist and true-crime writer Jonathan Coleman was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Sep. 26)

1969: A Sweet Devouring by Eudora Welty wais published by Albondocani Press, New York. (Sep. 24)

1973: The governor of Illinois proclaimed “Naomi Sims Day” in honor of fashion model Naomi Sims, who was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (Sep. 20)

1978: Baptist theologian Gaines Stanley Dobbins died. (Sep. 22)

1993: Theologian William F. Orr died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Sep. 23)

1999: Mystery writer Neil McGaughey died in Prentiss, Mississippi, at the age of 47. (Sep. 21)

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

Aug. 1-Nov. 4: J. D. William Library, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

“Civil Rights, Mississippi, and the Novelist’s Craft.” This exhibit highlights fictional accounts set in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement, including works by Ellen Douglas, Patrick D. Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, Eudora Welty, Lewis Nordan, William Mahoney, Joan Williams, and many others. Supplementing the display of books will be correspondence, manuscripts, and related ephemera drawn from the archive’s literary collections. Located in the Hall of Mississippi Writers in the Special Collections Department, J. D. Williams Library. Open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, please contact: Leigh McWhite, (662) 915-7937,

Sep. 25: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Reading by Thomas Hal Phillips. For more information, visit the Square Books web site,

Sep. 26: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:30 p.m.

Reading by Will D. Campbell on Thacker Mountain Radio. Musical guest will be Mississippi Delta gospel-blues artists Duff & the Revelators. For more information, visit

Sep. 26-28: Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

“June Recital,” an adaptation of extracts from, among others, Eudora Welty’s “Losing Battles” and “Why I Live at the P.O.” Brenda Currin’s one-woman show also features the direction of David Kaplan and music of Phillip Fortenberry. For more information about ticket prices or details on the performance, contact the Mississippi State University communications department at (662) 325-9810 or

Sep. 27: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Rick Bass will sign and read from his short story collection, The Hermit’s Story. For more information, visit the Square Books web site,

Oct. 1: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 2 p.m.

On the 40th anniversary of the integration of the University of Mississippi by James Meredith, author William Doyle will sign copies of An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962, which chronicles the history of that epochal event. For more information, visit the Square Books web site,

Oct. 7: Bondurant Hall Auditorium, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Alan Michael Parker. Respected poet Alan Michael Parker will read from his work. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English. For more information, contact the English Department at (662) 915-7687,

If you know of upcoming literary events by or about 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.

November 11, 2002

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

November 14, 2002

Donna Tartt, author of The Secret History, will sign and read from her long-awaited second novel, The Little Friend, at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. For more information, visit the Square Books web site,

November 16, 2002

Mary Carol Miller will sign copies of Lost Landmarks of Mississippi. For more information, visit the Square Books web site,

January 16, 2003

Poetry Reading by Tom Chandler, 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.

March 25, 2003

Poetry Reading by Andrew Hudgins, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

March 26-30, 2003

Seventeenth Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana. For information, visit their web site at

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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