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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for January 30-February 5, 2004

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

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

Year:
1907: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hodding Carter was born in Hammond, Louisiana. (Feb. 3)

1909: Biology professor Joseph J. Schwab was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (Feb. 2)

1910: Sociologist Romeo Benjamin Garrett was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (Feb. 2)

1915: Sociologist Abbott Lamoyne Ferriss was born in Jonestown, Mississippi. (Jan. 31)

1929: The novel Sartoris, by William Faulkner, was published by Harcourt Brace. It was the first of many novels Faulkner set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. (Jan. 31)

1932: William Faulkner published “Once Aboard the Lugger” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Feb. 1)

1933: William Faulkner began taking flying lessons. (Feb. 2)

1937: Baptist theologian Walter B. Shurden was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. (Feb. 1)

1940: Poet Sterling D. Plumpp was born in Clinton, Mississippi. (Jan. 30)

1940: Mammy Caroline (Callie) Barr died and William Faulkner delivered the eulogy at her funeral. (Jan. 31)

1941: Richard Wright, age 32, author of Native Son, won the Joel Springarn Medal awarded by the NAACP for the highest achievement “in any honorable field of endeavor.” (Jan. 31)

1948: Political scientist Charles Lipson was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. (Feb. 1)

1948: Historian Charles Reagan Wilson was born in Nashville, Tennessee. (Feb. 2)

1948: William Ferris, anthropologist, folklorist, and founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Feb. 5)

1951: Tennessee WilliamsThe Rose Tattoo opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway in New York, starring Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach. (Feb. 3)

1953: Novelist and journalist Ben Ames Williams died of a heart attack in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Feb. 4)

1958: William Faulkner returned to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville for another semester as writer-in-residence. (Jan. 30)

1959: William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun opened in New York at the John Golden Theatre. (Jan. 30)

1977: Memoirist Malcolm Franklin died. He was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi, alongside his mother, Estelle Faulkner, and step-father, William Faulkner. (Jan. 30)

1979: Educator and children’s book writer Charlemae Hill Rollins died. (Feb. 3)

1992: Writer and rancher Con Sellers, who wrote more than 100 novels under the pseudonyms “Robert Crane” and “Lee Raintree,” as well as others, died in Medford, Oregon, from complications resulting from an intestinal aneurysm. (Feb. 2)

1994: A jury in Hinds County, Mississippi, convicted white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith for the 1963 murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. This was de la Beckwith’s third trial; the first two in the 1960s ended in hung juries. (Feb. 5)

2002: Publication of The Summons, a novel by John Grisham. (Feb. 5)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

Through Feb. 29, 2004: National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Passionate Observer: Photographs by Eudora Welty, highlighting over 50 of Welty’s black-and-white photographs from the 1930s, will be exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. For more details, visit the museum web site at www.nmwa.org.

Feb. 12, 2004: Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Reading and lecture by Richard Ford. 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.

April 1-4, 2004

The 11th Oxford Conference for the Book, in Oxford, Mississippi. Notable authors, editors, publishers and others in the trade gather with educators, literacy advocates and book lovers for panel discussions, readings and scholarly presentations. The 2003 conference is dedicated to Mississippian and author Walker Percy (1916-90). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Oxford Tourism Council, and Square Books. Free admission; preregistration recommended through the Center for Study of Southern Culture (www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/).

June 17-20, 2004

Oxford Film Festival, in Oxford, Mississippi. Oxford’s second annual community-sponsored film festival consists of 4 days of screenings, along with workshops on film-making, screen-writing, etc., for adults and children, juried professional independent and amateur films, presentations and awards. Ticket prices and details are available at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

July 25-29, 2004

31st Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, “Faulkner and Material Culture.” The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. More information, including registration fees and online application 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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