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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for April 11-17, 2003

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

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

Year:
1924: Kelly Rollins, a U.S. Air Force officer and author of the novel Fighter Pilots, was born in Grenada, Mississippi. (April 13)

1925: William Faulkner published “Out of Nazareth” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (April 12)

1933: The film Today We Live, based on the short story “Turnabout” by William Faulkner, premiered in Oxford at the Lyric Theatre. (April 12)

1943: Writer and psychologist C. Rayfield Haynes was born in Prentiss, Mississippi. (April 16)

1944: Film director, producer, and screenwriter Charles Burnett was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (April 13)

1946: Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in New York. (April 15)

1951: Fiction writer Kay Sloan was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (April 11)

1951: William Faulkner left for a three-week trip to France and England. (April 12)

1959: I Rise in Flame, Cried the Phoenix, Tennessee Williams’ biographical account of D.H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda, opened at Theatre de Lys, New York. (April 14)

1964: David Edgar Guyton died. (April 16)

1968: Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley was first produced Off-Broadway at Theatre Four in New York City. (April 14)

1970: Losing Battles by Eudora Welty was published by Random House, New York. (April 13)

1988: Biology professor Joseph J. Schwab died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (April 13)

2000: Family Week by Beth Henley closes after one week of performances at the Off-Broadway Century Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York. (April 16)


NEW FEATURES in the MISSISSIPPI WRITERS PAGE

The following articles were recently added to the Writer Listings:


NEW BOOKS by Mississippi Writers

African American Women Scientists and Inventors African American Women Scientists and Inventors

By Otha Richard Sullivan

John Wiley (Hardcover, $22.95, ISBN: 047138707X)

Publication date: October 2001

Description from Book News, Inc.:

Sullivan once headed Detroit's program to infuse African American history into the public school curriculum. Here he profiles 25 black American woman who have made significant contributions to science and technology, explaining that many, many more are utterly unknown because first of legal bans on granting patents to slaves and later because of social constraints on women. His message to black school girls is that just because they have not heard of black women scientists does not mean that the profession is closed to them. —Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR.

The New Urban Leaders The New Urban Leaders

By Joyce A. Ladner

Brookings Institution Press (Hardcover, $22.95, ISBN: 0815751087)

Publication date: October 2001

Description from Publishers Weekly:

In The New Urban Leaders, Joyce Ladner, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, profiles some 25 appointed heads of nonprofit community-based urban organizations. Aimed at community activists and leaders, the book includes close studies of a few including Robert Moses, a civil rights era activist who now heads The Algebra Project and the Rev. Eugene Rivers, who fights gang violence in Boston and a broader analysis of how to build such leadership nationally. —Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

 


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

April 16: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “Keeping the Blues: The University of Mississippi’s Blues Archive,” by Greg Johnson, Blues Archive curator and assistant professor of library science. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/.

April 23: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “Traditional Music of North Mississippi: A Documentary Project of the Mississippi Arts Commission,” by Wiley Prewitt, project director, Lodi, Mississippi. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/.

April 23-25: 309 N. Lamar Blvd (next door to Bouré), Oxford, Mississippi, 8 p.m.; April 27, 2 p.m.

Annual 10 Minute Play Festival features full productions of 10-minute plays by local authors. Sponsored by Oxford Screenwriters. Tickets are $8.00. For more information, please contact Pamela Massey, (662) 234-7290, pmassey@nautiluspublishing.com.

April 30: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “Darkness on the Delta: A Black & White History in 8MM from the Pepper Collection of the Southern Media Archive,” by Margaret Pepper Grantham, Oxford librarian. 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. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

P&G Communications

P&G Communications of Atlanta wrote us to say they offer publicist services, public relations, marketing, media relations and website design to authors and motivational speakers. For more information, visit their web site, www.pgcommuns.com/.

Send your Mississippi writer-related announcements to 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.

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/.

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 www.elmoreleonard.com/. 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.


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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