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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for July 11-17, 2003

In this issue:


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

1862: Outspoken journalist and political activist Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. (July 16)

1892: Methodist Episcopal minister Nolan B. Harmon was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (July 14)

1901: Sara Dodge Kimbrough, a portrait painter and art teacher on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, was born in New York City. (July 14)

1903: Historian Thomas D. Clark was born in Louisville, Mississippi. (July 14)

1921: Josephine Ayres, who would publish fiction under the pen name Ellen Douglas, was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (July 12)

1922: Historian and biographer Louis R. Harlan was born in West Point, Mississippi. (July 13)

1926: Playwright and poet Beah Richards was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (July 12)

1933: Theologian John Y. Fenton was born in French Camp, Mississippi. (July 12)

1935: Tennessee Williams’ first play, Cairo! Shanghai! Bombay!, was performed by the Garden Players in Memphis, Tennessee. (July 12)

1937: Jay Higginbotham was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi. (July 16)

1946: Historian and poet Julius Eric Thompson was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (July 15)

1948: William Faulkner sold the screen rights to Intruder in the Dust to MGM. (July 11)

1972: Historian W. B. Hamilton died. (July 17)

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

July 20-24: The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Festival: “Faulkner and the Ecology of the South.” Information and registration forms available at

August 15: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Best-selling Mississippi mystery writer Greg Iles returns to sign and read from his latest suspense novel, The Footprints of God. For more information, visit

September 4: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth, University of Mississippi professor of English, will read from her collection of poems entitled Blue Window. For more information, visit

September 16: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi

Larry Brown signs and reads from his unusual, new novel, The Rabbit Factory. For more information, visit

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.

October 16, 2003

Elmore Leonard, author of more than 30 novels (including Bandits, Get Shorty, and Tishomingo Blues), numerous film and television productions, essays and commentaries, will read and talk about his career. For more information on Leonard, visit Elmore Leonard’s new book, When the Women Come Out to Dance, is to be published in November 2003. Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.

February 12, 2004

Reading and lecture by Richard Ford. Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.

If you know of additional news items for this newsletter or if you have suggestions, please write us at

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