Celebration of Southern Literature

3:41pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Southern Lit

Rambles With Roy: One Of NPR’s Funniest Southern Voices Cuts Loose

Roy Blount, Jr., photographed at the 2007 Texas Book Festival
Credit © 2007 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Roy Blount, Jr. is a prolific Southern author and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Often funny, occasionally cantankerous, he joins WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller for a loose, meandering chat.  Blount discusses his books, being a Southern expat and participating in the Celebration Of Southern Literature.

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4:52pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

‘She Who’: Dorothy Allison On Writing, Teaching & Her Next Novel

In 2012, the 20th anniversary edition of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out Of Carolina was published.

In this interview, celebrated Southern author Dorothy Allison looks back on her novel Bastard Out Of Carolina, which was published more than twenty years ago (and was nominated for a National Book Award).  Readers discover (or re-discover) it every year--it’s both wildly humorous and shockingly brutal.  In this interview, Allison talks about using her own family legends as source material.  Allison also talks about leaving the South, teaching young writers, and discusses her long-in-progress new novel She Who.

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3:22pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

Maurice Manning’s Poetry Explores Changing Southern Landscapes

Maurice Manning's poetry collection The Common Man was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Kentucky native Maurice Manning is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature (April 17 – 20), where he was inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Authors.  In this segment, Manning reads a selection from his new yet-to-be published book, talks about working Southern characters and narratives into his poems, and explains why he never met another living poet until he was in college.

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3:42pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Celebration of Southern Lit

A Conversation With Playwright Katori Hall

Memphis native Katori Hall is an actress, writer and playwright.  She's won numerous awards, and her play The Mountaintop ran on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.  Katori Hall is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature, which takes place April 17th, 18th and 19th.  In this interview, Hall discusses how The Mountaintop humanizes Martin Luther King, Jr., how she joined the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and what she'll be doing at the Celebration.

5:41pm

Fri April 5, 2013
April 18th, 19th & 20th

Fans Welcome At Celebration Of Southern Literature April 18 - 20

This biennial literary gathering used to be called the Conference On Southern Literature.  It draws major Southern authors.  But it's also open to fans--in fact, fans have always been welcome to attend.  This year, organizers have changed the event's name to the Celebration of Southern Literature to emphasize that the public is welcome.  Executive Director Susan Robinson expects the event to draw more than forty authors and a thousand fans to the Tivoli in Chattanooga.

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