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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for July 18-24, 2003

In this issue:


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

1868: Novelist Harris Dickson was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. (July 21)

1883: Katherine Sherwood Bonner died of breast cancer at the age of 34 in her hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. (July 22)

1902: Baptist minister Benjamin Franklin Smith was born in Copiah County, Mississippi. (July 23)

1909: William Miller, Democratic doorkeeper for the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1976, was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi. (July 20)

1921: Novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Spencer was born in Carrollton, Mississippi. (July 19)

1923: Jimmy Faulkner, the son of John and the nephew of William Faulkner, was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (July 18)

1924: Baptist minister and civil rights activist Will D. Campbell was born in Liberty, Mississippi. (July 18)

1924: Political scientist Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. (July 18)

1936: Poet and playwright Timothy Reynolds was born in Vicksburg. (July 18)

1936: Historian Samuel J. Wells was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. (July 18)

1938: Historian Daniel P. Jordan, Jr., was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. (July 22)

1940: In a letter to Bennett Cerf at Random House, William Faulkner wrote, “What has happened to writing anyway? Hemingway and Dos Passos and I are veterans now; we should be fighting tooth and toenail to hold our places against young writers. But there are no young writers worth a damn that I know of. I think of my day. There were Lewis and Dreiser and Sherwood Anderson and so forth, and we were crowding the hell out of them. But now there doesn’t seem to be enough pressure behind us to keep Dos Passos and Hemingway writing even.” (July 24)

1942: Poet David Chapman Berry was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (July 23)

1947: Actress and poet Billie Jean Young was born. (July 21)

1953: Children’s writer Margaree King Mitchell was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. (July 23)

2001: Renowned novelist and short story writer Eudora Welty died of pneumonia in Jackson, Mississippi, at the age of 92. (July 23)

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.

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