Mississippi author Benjamin Morris cycles across Mississippi to protest HB 1523

Following the passage of Mississippi HB 1523 into law in April 2016, a backlash against the legislation has arisen from within the state and across the country. Not only have major corporations, artists, and musicians condemned the bill as discriminatory…

I would like to leave just a little bit of messiness: Margaret Eby on exploring towns and homes of the Southern literary canon

Birmingham, Alabama, native Margaret Eby returned South from her adopted home in New York City to write a travelogue about the towns where the stories of the Southern canon take place, as well as the authors who lived and worked…

Jesmyn Ward to lecture on Southern oral traditions at Tulane March 19

National Book Award-winning author and Tulane professor Jesmyn Ward will present the fourth annual Distinguished Frey Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Freeman Auditorium on Tulane University’s campus. The Delisle, Mississippi, native is…

Jesmyn Ward to read from Men We Reaped at Octavia Books this Friday

Jesmyn Ward, whose 2011 novel Salvage the Bones won the National Book Award, will present her new memoir, Men We Reaped, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at Octavia Books (513 Octavia St.). Ward is the subject–and Men We…

DNA is Not Destiny: An interview with Theodore Ross

By Elizabeth Kaiser For his new book, Am I a Jew?, Theodore Ross set out on a multi-adventure odyssey to answer this complex yet fundamental question. He treats the reader to introspective telling of his childhood “double life” as a…

A scarred love letter from abroad: A Dutch art collective’s smart book on Southern Gothic

By Nathan C. Martin Discussed in this essay: To Live in the South One Has to Be a Scar Lover by Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout (eds.), published by 1646. A long and varied body of literature, film, and theory…

Natasha Trethewey at Loyola Nov. 10

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Gulfport, Miss., native Natasha Trethewey will speak at Loyola University on Thursday, Nov. 10, as part of the university’s Biever Guest Lecture Series.  Trethewey’s first book of poems, Domestic Work, was selected by Rita Dove as…

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