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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for February 13-19, 2004

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

1861: Jefferson Davis, a former U.S. senator from Mississippi, was inaugurated the first and only president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Alabama, a month prior to Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 18)

1870: The state of Mississippi was readmitted to the United States after the Civil War, the ninth state to do so. (Feb. 17)

1871: Writer Katherine Sherwood Bonner married Edward McDowell in Holly Springs, Mississippi. (Feb. 14)

1896: Writer Pearl Rivers died in an influenza epidemic in New Orleans. (Feb. 15)

1908: Sportcaster Walter Lanier “Red” Barber was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (Feb. 17)

1913: Lewis W. Walt, a writer and general in the U.S. Marine Corps, was born in Waubaunsee County, Kansas. (Feb. 16)

1918: Poet, professor, and U.S. Air Force officer Joseph B. Roberts, Jr., was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. (Feb. 13)

1925: William Faulkner published “Damon and Pythias Unlimited” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (Feb. 15)

1931: Writer Abe M. Tahir, Jr., was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. (Feb. 18)

1932: In Oxford, William Faulkner completed work on his novel Light in August. (Feb. 19)

1938: The Unvanquished, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Random House. (Feb. 15)

1938: Science fiction writer David Houston was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. (Feb. 16)

1943: William Faulkner published “Shingles for the Lord” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Feb. 13)

1944: Novelist Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Feb. 16)

1945: Writer Clifton L. Taulbert was born in Glen Allan, Mississippi. (Feb. 19)

1954: George F. Paul, a writer and specialist in antique phonographs, was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (Feb. 19)

1957: William Faulkner went to the University of Virginia for his second semester as writer-in-residence. (Feb. 15)

1960: English professor and novelist Margaret McMullan was born in Newton, Mississippi. (Feb. 19)

1979: English professor Richmond Pugh Bond died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Feb. 15)

1979: Crimes of the Heart, a play by Beth Henley, was first produced in Louisville, Kentucky, by Actors Studio. (Feb. 18)

2002: Hunting Season by Nevada Barr was published. (Feb. 18)

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

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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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