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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for January 23-29, 2004

In this issue:

  • This week in Mississippi Literary History
  • News about Mississippi Writers
  • Author events: readings, book signings, and appearances
  • Announcements: News briefs, conferences, calls for papers, and reader announcements
  • On the horizon: events coming up in the weeks and months ahead


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

1893: Legislator, statesman, and Supreme Court justice L.Q.C. Lamar died in Georgia. He was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford. (Jan. 23)

1893: Writer Lalla Scott was born in Collins, Mississippi. (Jan. 25)

1895: Poet Muna Lee was born in Raymond, Mississippi. (Jan. 29)

1927: William Faulkner’s Mayday, a hand-lettered tale, was presented to Helen Baird, for whom it was written. (Jan. 27)

1933: Theologian Louis W. Hodges was born in Eupora, Mississippi. (Jan. 24)

1934: Advertising executive Peter Rodgers was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Jan. 24)

1941: William Faulkner published “Go Down, Moses” in Collier’s. (Jan. 25)

1944: Editor and biographer James Morgan was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Jan. 24)

1948: Folklorist John Alan Lomax died in Greenville, Mississippi. (Jan. 26)

1955: William Faulkner accepted the National Book Award for Fiction for A Fable. (Jan. 25)

1969: The musical Peace, book and lyrics by playwright Timothy Reynolds with music by Al Carmines, a translation of a play by Aristophanes, was first produced Off-Broadway at the Astor Place Theatre in New York. (Jan. 27)

1997: English professor and biographer Thomas Daniel Young died of complications following abdominal surgery in Bay Springs, Mississippi. (Jan. 29)



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AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

Through Feb. 29, 2004: National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Passionate Observer: Photographs by Eudora Welty, highlighting over 50 of Welty’s black-and-white photographs from the 1930s, will be exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. For more details, visit the museum web site at

Feb. 12, 2004: Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Reading and lecture by Richard Ford. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.

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Mississippi Library Commission seeks book nominations

Each year the Mississippi Library Commission author’s committee requests from its members nominations of authors (born in Mississippi or having lived here for 5 years) who have written books they wish to honor. The committee reads and reviews these titles and selects at least two to be honored each year at our annual convention. For more information, visit the Mississippi Library Commission web site at

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The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.

April 1-4, 2004

The 11th Oxford Conference for the Book, in Oxford, Mississippi. Notable authors, editors, publishers and others in the trade gather with educators, literacy advocates and book lovers for panel discussions, readings and scholarly presentations. The 2003 conference is dedicated to Mississippian and author Walker Percy (1916-90). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Oxford Tourism Council, and Square Books. Free admission; preregistration recommended through the Center for Study of Southern Culture (

June 17-20, 2004

Oxford Film Festival, in Oxford, Mississippi. Oxford’s second annual community-sponsored film festival consists of 4 days of screenings, along with workshops on film-making, screen-writing, etc., for adults and children, juried professional independent and amateur films, presentations and awards. Ticket prices and details are available at

July 25-29, 2004

31st Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, “Faulkner and Material Culture.” The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. More information, including registration fees and online application forms, available at

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