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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for August 8-14, 2003

In this issue:


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

1864: The town square in Oxford, Mississippi, is burned by Union Gen. Andrew J. Smith. (Aug. 9)

1914: English professor Nora Calhoun Graves was born in Lake, Mississippi. (Aug. 11)

1920: English professor Helen Harrold Naugle was born in West Point, Mississippi. (Aug. 11)

1925: Journalist and ad copywriter David McCarthy was born in Saltillo, Mississippi. (Aug. 12)

1926: Spanish professor Carl W. Cobb was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. (Aug. 11)

1929: Journalist Turner Catledge began his career with the New York Times. (Aug. 11)

1934: Writer Norma Williamson was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi. (Aug. 8)

1934: Methodist minister Maxie D. Dunnam was born in Demer, Mississippi. (Aug. 12)

1934: Theologian Mozella G. Mitchell was born in Starkville, Mississippi. (Aug. 14)

1936: English teacher Ann A. Laster was born in Water Valley, Mississippi. (Aug. 10)

1936: Journalist Mary Lynn Kotz was born in Mathiston, Mississippi. (Aug. 12)

1938: Eudora Welty’s short story “The Whistle” was accepted for publication by Prairie Schooner. (Aug. 8)

1939: Southern Review accepted Eudora Welty’s story “The Hitch-Hiker” for publication. (Aug. 11)

1986: Outdoorsman and newspaper columnist Orville B. Eustis died of a heart attack. (Aug. 11)

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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