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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for July 25-31, 2003

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

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

Year:
1886: Baptist minister and theologian Gaines Stanley Dobbins was born in Langsdale, Mississippi. (July 29)

1905: Christian minister Will Sessions was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (July 26)

1905: Minister Will Sessions was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (July 26)

1910: History educator Mary Odin Haas was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. (July 29)

1910: Economist William C. Bradford was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. (July 31)

1913: Clara Hieronymus, a journalist and author of Requiem for a Nun: On Stage and Off, the only book about William Faulkner’s sole play, was born in Drew, Mississippi. (July 25)

1918: William Faulkner was posted to the Cadet Wing in Long Branch after his entry into the Canadian Royal Air Force in Toronto. (July 26)

1921: Political scientist Douglas H. Carlisle was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (July 27)

1925: William Faulkner published “The Liar” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (July 26)

1937: Art historian Mary D. Garrard was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. (July 25)

1940: Editor and fiction writer Anne Mollegen Smith was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (July 28)

1942: William Faulkner began a five-month segment of a long-term Warner Brothers contract. (July 26)

1951: Poet, playwright, and fiction writer Angela Jackson was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (July 25)

1955: William Faulkner left for Japan on a State Department trip. He would also visit Manila, the Philippines, and Italy in August, France in September, and Iceland in October before returning to New York in mid-October. (July 29)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

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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