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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for September 26-October 2, 2003

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

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

Year:
1830: In the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the Choctaw ceded all of their lands east of the Mississippi River and agreed to move to Oklahoma. (Sept. 27)

1864: Southwestern humorist Joseph Glover Baldwin died in California as the result of an operation undertaken to prevent lockjaw. (Sept. 30)

1890: Novelist Cid Ricketts Sumner was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi. (Sept. 27)

1902: English professor Clyde Samuel Kilby was born in Johnson City, Tennessee. (Sept. 26)

1909: English professor Calvin S. Brown was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (Sept. 27)

1918: English professor John D. Jacobs was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Oct. 1)

1920: Historian David Herbert Donald was born in Goodman, Mississippi. (Oct. 1)

1923: Political scientist William C. Havard, Jr., was born in Canton, Mississippi. (Sept. 26)

1923: Poet Besmilr Brigham was born in Pace, Mississippi. (Sept. 28)

1925: William Faulkner published “Yo Ho and Two Bottles of Rum” in the New Orleans Times Picayune. (Sept. 27)

1926: Country comedian Jerry Clower was born in Liberty, Mississippi. (Sept. 28)

1926: Missionary, English instructor, and free-lance writer Jo Carr was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Sept. 29)

1934: William Faulkner published “Ambuscade” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Sept. 29)

1934: Roll Sweet Chariot by Paul Green opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre. (Oct. 2)

1939: Children’s book writer Otto R. Salassi was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Oct. 2)

1948: Historian Patrick J. Geary was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Sept. 26)

1948: Intruder in the Dust, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Random House. (Sept. 27)

1951: Journalist and true-crime writer Jonathan Coleman was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Sept. 26)

1951: Requiem for a Nun, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Random House. (Sept. 27)

1953: Educator Beverly Ruthven was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Sept. 28)

1958: Country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. (Sept. 30)

1959: William Faulkner went to Denver, Colorado, for a four-day UNESCO conference. (Sept. 29)

1962: James Meredith arrived in Oxford to become the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Overnight riots protesting his integration which left two people dead and many others injured led President John F. Kennedy to order 20,000 federal troops to the area to restore and maintain order. (Sept. 30)

1962: James Meredith enrolled as the first black student at the University of Mississippi following a night of rioting that left two people dead and hundreds injured. (Oct. 1)

1990: Educator and writer Chester E. Swor died in Jackson, Mississippi. (Sept. 28)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

October 2: Colvard Union auditorium, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

“Fiction Reading.” Mississippi fiction writer David Galef will read from his works.

October 8: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00 p.m.

“Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture: The Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale.” Presented by Panny Mayfield of Clarksdale and Colby Kullman, a professor of English. For more information, contact the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/.

October 9-11: Clarksdale, Mississippi

“The 11th Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival.” For more information, visit www.clarksdalewebinfo.com.

October 16: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:30 p.m.

Best-selling crime writer Elmore Leonard will sign at Square Books and appear on Thacker Mountain Radio as part of his visit to the University of Mississippi, sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series. For more information, visit www.squarebooks.com.

October 16: Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

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 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.

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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