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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for July 4-10, 2003

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

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

Year:
1826: Soldier, statesman, railroad-builder and writer William Clark Falkner was born in Knox County, Tennessee. (July 6)

1863: Confederate general John C. Pemberton surrendered the city of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River to Union general Ulysses S. Grant following a 47-day siege, prompting U.S. president Abraham Lincoln to remark “the Father of Waters flows unvexed to the sea.” (July 4)

1870: Southwestern humorist Augustus Baldwin Longstreet died in Oxford, Mississippi, and was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery. (July 9)

1907: Educator and writer Chester E. Swor was born in Harrison County, Mississippi. (July 8)

1909: Rancher and photojournalist Josephine Alexander was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. (July 4)

1913: Speech and drama professor Floyd Leslie Sandle was born in Magnolia, Mississippi. (July 4)

1915: Poet Margaret Walker was born in Birmingham, Alabama. (July 7)

1918: William Faulkner reported to the Recruits’ Depot in Toronto after his acceptance by the Canadian Royal Air Force as a cadet. He entered active service the next day. (July 9)

1920: Presbyterian minister Jack L. Moore was born in DeKalb, Mississippi. (July 9)

1925: William Faulkner sailed for Europe from New Orleans with William Spratling. (July 7)

1929: Walker Percy’s father committed suicide. Percy was 13 years old at the time. (July 9)

1930: Historian Avarh E. Strickland was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (July 6)

1930: Baptist minister and theologian Clayton Sullivan was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (July 6)

1938: Mystery writer Dianne Day was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (July 5)

1939: Historian John F. Marszalek was born in Buffalo, New York. (July 5)

1944: Library scientist Barbara B. Moran was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (July 8)

1945: Theologian P. Kyle McCarter was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (July 9)

1947: Fiction writer Steve Barthelme was born in Houston, Texas. (July 7)

1947: Tennessee Williams’ play Summer and Smoke premiered at Theatre ’47 in Dallas, Texas. (July 8)

1951: Fiction writer Larry Brown was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (July 9)

1962: William Faulkner entered the hospital in Byhalia, Mississippi. (July 5)

1962: William Faulkner died of a heart attack in the hospital at 1:30 a.m. in Byhalia, Mississippi. (July 6)

1962: William Faulkner was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi. (July 7)

1964: The New Yorker published Eudora Welty’s “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” Submitted June 26, 1964, it was published almost immediately. (July 6)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

July 20-24: The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Festival: “Faulkner and the Ecology of the South.” Information and registration forms available at www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner/.

August 15: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Best-selling Mississippi mystery writer Greg Iles returns to sign and read from his latest suspense novel, The Footprints of God. For more information, visit www.squarebooks.com.

September 4: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth, University of Mississippi professor of English, will read from her collection of poems entitled Blue Window. For more information, visit www.squarebooks.com.

September 16: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi

Larry Brown signs and reads from his unusual, new novel, The Rabbit Factory. For more information, visit www.squarebooks.com.

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.

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.

February 12, 2004

Reading and lecture by Richard Ford. 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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