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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for August 1-7, 2003

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

1850: Southwestern humorist Henry Clay Lewis drowned while crossing a swamp on a medical journey. (Aug. 5)

1902: Orthopedic surgeon Beckett Howorth was born in West Point, Mississippi. (Aug. 1)

1911: Photographer, composer, and writer John Seymour Erwin was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Aug. 2)

1915: Educator James C. Atherton was born in Bolivar, Louisiana. (Aug. 4)

1916: Historian Alfred Turney was born in Mississippi. (Aug. 6)

1917: Educator and playwright Thomas D. Pawley, III, was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Aug. 5)

1919: William Faulkner published his first poem, “L’Apres-midi d’un faune,” in the New Republic. (Aug. 6)

1925: William Faulkner arrived in Genoa, Italy. He would travel through Italy and Switzerland before eventually settling in Paris until his return home in December. (Aug. 2)

1931: Religion writer June S. Wood was born in New Albany, Mississippi. (Aug. 6)

1932: William Faulkner’s father, Murry Falkner, died. (Aug. 7)

1937: Poet James McShan was born in Mississippi. (Aug. 5)

1939: Novelist Charles Wilson was born in Kennett, Missouri. (Aug. 2)

1946: Novelist Howard Bahr was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (Aug. 3)

1948: Novelist Patrick D. Smith married Iris Doty. (Aug. 1)

1950: William Faulkner’s Collected Stories was published by Random House. (Aug. 2)

1950: Poet T. R. Hummer was born in Noxubee County, Mississippi. (Aug. 7)

1954: A Fable, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Random House. (Aug. 2)

1976: Journalist, historian, and fiction writer George W. Lee died. (Aug. 1)

1978: Novelist Charlaine Harris married Hal Schulz. (Aug. 5)

1995: Sociologist and writer Lisa Lekis died in Redmond, Washington. (Aug. 5)

1997: Frank E. Smith, a former U.S. Congressman, newspaper editor, TVA administrator, and educator, died from complications of a stroke in Jackson, Mississippi. (Aug. 2)

1998: Educator James C. Atherton died in Senatobia, Mississippi. (Aug. 1)

1999: Journalist and fiction writer Willie Morris died of a heart attack in Jackson, Mississippi. (Aug. 2)

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

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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