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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for March 7-13, 2003

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

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

Year:
1767: Jean Baptiste de Bienville, long-time governor and leader of the Louisiana colony under French rule, died in France. (March 7)

1803: The town of Port Gibson, Mississippi, was established. (March 12)

1849: Writer Eliza Jane Poitevant, who wrote under the pen name Pearl Rivers, was born in Gainesville, Mississippi. (March 11)

1889: Novelist and short story writer Ben Ames Williams was born in Macon, Mississippi. (March 7)

1908: Historian W. B. Hamilton was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (March 7)

1910: Baptist minister James L. Sullivan was born in Silver Creek, Mississippi. (March 12)

1926: Memoirist and novelist Reuben G. Davis married Helen Dick. (March 9)

1933: Poet, lecturer, and management consultant James A. Autry was born in Memphis, Tennessee. (March 8)

1935: Civil rights activist and theology professor David Kirk was born in Kirkville, Mississippi. (March 12)

1936: Poet Margaret Walker received notice to report to work for the WPA Writer’s Project in Chicago as a fulltime employee. (March 13)

1954: Children’s book writer Jim McCafferty was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. (March 12)

1958: Nature writer Rick Bass was born in Forth Worth, Texas. (March 7)

1959: Tennessee Williams’ play Sweet Bird of Youth premiered in New York at the Martin Beck Theatre. It ran for 383 performances. (March 10)

1960: First telecast on CBS-TV of Tomorrow, based on the short story by William Faulkner and directed by Robert Mulligan with a screenplay by Horton Foote. (March 7)

1963: Novelist Randall Kenan was born in Brooklyn, New York. (March 12)

1991: Poet Etheridge Knight died of lung cancer in Indianapolis, Indiana. (March 10)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

March 19: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture: “The Artistic Passionate Eye of Eudora Welty,” by Katherine Wiener, a Jackson scholar. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu/depts/south.

If you know of upcoming literary events by or about Mississippi writers, please let us know by writing us at mwp@olemiss.edu. 


ON THE HORIZON

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

March 25, 2003

Poetry Reading by Andrew Hudgins, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

March 26-30, 2003

Seventeenth Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana. For information, visit their web site at www.tennesseewilliams.net.

April 10-13, 2003

Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi.

July 20-24, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. Information and registration forms available at www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner/.


If you know of additional news items for this newsletter or if you have suggestions, please write us at mwp@olemiss.edu.

For more information about events in the Oxford and University of Mississippi community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:
www.olemiss.edu/calendar/


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