MISSISSIPPI'S TRAILFEST 2013
Southern Literary Trail is supported by the Mississippi Development
Authority's Division of Tourism and the Mississippi Humanities
Council now celebrating its 40th year.
Click on a town below for Trailfest
event information in that area.
Greenville and the Mississippi Delta
February 21-24, 2013
THE NATCHEZ LITERARY AND CINEMA CELEBRATION
Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (NLCC) officially begins
Trailfest 2013 in Mississippi with its theme, "Fiction, Fact and
Film: The Civil War's Imprint on Southern Culture." Every year since
its inception in 1990, the NLCC builds its remarkable menu of films,
lectures, discussions, tours, concerts and book signings upon a
theme from Southern history. This year, NLCC focuses on the impact
and imprints of the Civil War. A complete agenda of NLCC events in
one of the South's most historic and picturesque cities awaits its
visitors at the Celebration's website,
important awards are presented at NLCC. The Richard Wright Literary
Excellence Award honors the Natchez-born writer and recognizes
writers for a body of literary work. Past recipients include Trail
writers Eudora Welty and Margaret Walker Alexander. The Horton Foote
Award of the NLCC honors achievements in screenwriting and its
recipients include Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall.
Copiah-Lincoln Community College and various Natchez sites
Admission and Registration: Info available at
Phone Info: Call 601.446.1289
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Clarksdale, Greenville and
the Mississippi Delta:
Sunday, March 17 through Wednesday, March 20, 2013
THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA CULTURAL TOUR
year literary travelers from across the nation gather for this
unique Tour to explore the Delta's writers, books, food and lore.
Organized by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford,
the tour introduces its participants to legendary blues music and
unforgettable culinary experiences. The Tour is based in Greenwood
with day trips to Southern Literary Trail cities Greenville and
Clarksdale. Other Delta stops include Indianola, Leland,
Winterville, and Benoit.
Spiced by the
region's distinctive food and music, literary discussions will
include "William Faulkner's Delta" conducted by Phillip Gordon of
the University of Mississippi. The Tour route features a stop at
historic Burrus House on Hollywood Plantation in Benoit where
Tennessee Williams's screenplay "Baby Doll" was filmed with Carroll
Baker in 1956. Marion Barnwell will speak about Walker Percy at the
William Alexander Percy Memorial Library in Greenville. Dining
experiences include the famed Doe's Eat Place. Group hotel
accommodations are available at Greenwood's Alluvian.
Reservations: Call Tour organizer Jimmy Thomas at 662.915.3374
THE WILLIAM ALEXANDER PERCY MEMORIAL LIBRARY AND WRITERS' EXHIBIT
William Alexander Percy Memorial Library has organized a permanent
exhibit that studies and salutes the famous writers from Greenville
including Walker Percy and Shelby Foote. After tragedies took Walker
Percy's parents from him, his older cousin William ("Uncle Will")
adopted him and his brothers and gave them a home in Greenville.
William Alexander Percy wrote "Lanterns on the Levee, Recollections
of a Planter's Son."
Place: The William
Alexander Percy Memorial Library in Greenville, Ms. at 341 Main
Hours: Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1
p.m.; and closed on Sunday
Info: Call 662.335.2331
Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21, 2013
BY AUGUST WILSON AT DELTA CENTER STAGE IN GREENVILLE
Pulitzer Prize winning play tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former
star of the Negro Baseball League, who works as a garbage man in
1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black player from the major leagues,
Troy harbors a bitterness that affects his relationships with his
wife and son, who wants his own chance to play ball.
Place: Delta Center
Stage in Greenville
Time: Performance times vary. Check the theatre's website at
Ticket Prices: Visit the Delta Center Stage website or call
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Thursday, March 21, to Saturday, March 23, 2013
THE OXFORD CONFERENCE FOR THE BOOK
Oxford Conference for the Book celebrates its 20th year in March
2013 with three days of programs designed to please every
anniversary visitor to Faulkner's hometown: readers, writers,
journalists, poets, publishers, students, teachers, food lovers and
literary enthusiasts. The guest authors include John T Edge
("Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing"), Tom
Franklin ("Hell at the Breech"), Ron Rash ("The Cove"), Curtis
Wilkie ("The Fall of the House of Zeus") and Vladimir Alexandrov
("The Black Russian").
The opening address
will be delivered on Thursday, March 21, 2013, by W. Ralph Eubanks
of the Library of Congress. The evening reception (requiring advance
registration) will be hosted at the Barksdale-Isom Place in Oxford.
For complete information including registration, visit
Mississippi, and The University of Mississippi
Time: Visit website for schedules
Info: Call 662.915.3376
Through April 6, 2013
INDEPENDENT EXPRESSION: SELF-TAUGHT ART OF THE LATE 20TH CENTURY
University of Mississippi Museum presents a preview of major
artworks donated by noted Los Angeles art collector Gordon W.
Bailey, a staunch advocate of Southern vernacular artists. The
exhibition was organized by curator James G. Thomas, Jr., one of the
State Directors of the Southern Literary Trail and Associate
Director for Publications at the Center for the Study of Southern
Culture. Though the artists in the collection were self-taught,
Thomas urges that their "creations have a rightful place within the
canon of American art." The Southern vernacular art on display
weaves a visual literature for the Museum's visitors.
University of Mississippi Museum at Oxford
Time: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $5 for general public, $4 for seniors and $3 for children
Info: Call 662.915.7073
Tours, except Mondays
WILLIAM FAULKNER'S ROWAN OAK
home Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844 and stands on more than
29 acres of land just south of the Square in Oxford, Mississippi.
The property is owned and operated by The University of Mississippi
and provides the public a look into the life of one of America's
most beloved writers.
Place: Rowan Oak in
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. on
Info: Call 662.234.3284 or visit
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THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS HOME AND WELCOME CENTER
Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1911, and
spent his early years in an old Victorian home that was a rectory for
St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Williams's grandfather, Reverend Walter
Dakin, served as the minister for the church. The playwright's first
home is now a restored literary landmark that serves as the Welcome
Center for the birthplace of the creator of "The Glass Menagerie"
and "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Place: The Tennessee
Williams Home and Welcome Center at 300 Main Street, Columbus, Ms.
Time: Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: Call 662.328.0222
March 31 through April 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI, SPRING PILGRIMAGE
The Columbus Spring
Pilgrimage is an award winning event that has earned its reputation
as one of the most authentic home tours in the South. For thirteen
days in the early spring, carriage rides and double decker buses
transport visitors to the ante-bellum and Victorian Era South. Tours
may also be self-guided, beginning at the Tennessee Williams Home
and Welcome Center. A complete brochure for the Pilgrimage is
Place: The Spring
Pilgrimage of Columbus, Mississippi
Time: Varies daily from March 31, 2013, through April 13, 2013
Admission: For pricing, see the brochure at
Info: Call the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center at
1 through 13, 2013
"KINGDOM OF EARTH," A PLAY BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
A seldom-seen play
by Tennessee Williams will be presented in Columbus as a showcase
feature of the city's annual pilgrimage of homes. "Kingdom of Earth"
was the original title for "The Seven Descents of Myrtle." Legendary
Broadway impresario David Merrick produced the first staging of the
play in 1968 with Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony nomination.
The play was made into the movie "Last of the Mobile Hot Shots" with
Lynn Redgrave and James Coburn. It will be performed nightly during
the pilgrimage in the old storefront of historic Alford Drug Store
at 425 Main Street in Columbus.
Place: 425 Main
Street in Columbus
Time: Evenings at 7:30 p.m. except Sunday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 for advance tickets and $15 at the door
Info and Ticket Purchases: Call the Columbus Arts Council at
662.328.2787 or visit
Wednesday, April 3 to Friday, April 12, 2013
TALES FROM THE CRYPT AT FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY
from the Crypt" during the Columbus Pilgrimage re-creates the lives
of noted personalities buried at historic Friendship Cemetery, site
of the Confederate Decoration Day that inspired the poem "The Blue
and The Gray." Dramatic vignettes at the Cemetery depict prominent
local citizens who contributed to the history of Columbus and
Mississippi. The event has won the Governor's Award for Excellence
in the Arts and was named a national finalist for the Save Our
History Classroom Award.
Cemetery in Columbus, Ms., at 4th Street South and 15th Avenue South
Dates: April 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for students (K-12)
Info: Call the Welcome Center at 662.328.0222
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Tuesdays through Fridays
EUDORA WELTY HOUSE AND GARDEN
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, author Eudora Welty lived in
the Tudor Revival style house at 1119 Pinehurst from 1925 until her
death in 2001. It is the home where the author of "Delta Wedding"
wrote almost all her fiction and essays. The house and its contents
have been carefully preserved as Welty left them. Above all else,
among the collections of paintings, photographs, objects d'art and
record albums, Welty's thousands of books remain in their original
Place: The Welty
House and Gardens at 1119 Pinehurst
Time: Tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Tuesday
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students (6 to 18) and free for
children under 6
www.eudorawelty.org or call 601.353.7762
Daily, Monday through Friday
MARGARET WALKER ALEXANDER NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER
Open to the public,
the Center was founded as the Institute for the Study of History,
Life and Culture of Black People by Margaret Walker ("Jubilee") in
1968. The Center honors the writer's academic and artistic legacy
through its archival collections, exhibits and public programs. The
collections include her papers and a large oral history department
that includes nearly 2000 interviews.
Place: The Margaret
Walker Alexander Center at Ayer Hall, Jackson State University
Time: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: Call 601.979.3935
Friday, April 12, 2013
EUDORA WELTY'S ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Eudora Welty House celebrates the writer's birthday with a plant
sale (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) that features the half-dozen heirloom
camellia varieties represented in her garden. The sale also includes
summer heirloom annuals from a Jackson nursery. The 6th grade Honor
Choir from the First Presbyterian Day School in the Bellhaven
neighborhood kicks off the birthday celebration at 10:00 a.m. with a
musical performance. Tours of the House throughout the entire day
are free and open to the public. Visitors will be treated to a slice
of cake and lemonade on the side porch of the House.
Place: The Eudora
Welty House at 1119 Pinehurst St.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Info: Call the House at 601.353.7762
Friday and Saturday, April 12 -13, 2013
7TH ANNUAL CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL AT JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
PRESENTED BY THE MARGARET WALKER ALEXANDER NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER
The Center's annual
Creative Arts Festival at Jackson State University features student
performances, panel presentations, and art displays. Poetry and the
performing arts are traditional cornerstones of the Festival. This
year's theme will be the Legacy of Medgar Evers, whose assassination
occurred 50 years ago in 1963.
Place: Jackson State
University and the Margaret Walker Alexander Center at Ayer Hall
Time: Varying times on April 12 and 13
Info: Visit the Center's website at
www.jsums.edu/margaretwalker or call 601.979.3935.
View schedule of events.
May 15, 2013 to Friday, December 13, 2013
THE MURDER OF MEDGAR EVERS AND "WHERE IS THE VOICE COMING FROM?"
EXHIBIT DURING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MEDGAR EVERS
2013 is the fiftieth
anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, a shocking murder
that stunned Eudora Welty into immediate action. She wrote the
haunting "Where is this Voice Coming From?" on the night of June 12,
1963, after hearing of Evers's death. The story captures the hatred
and divisive atmosphere in which the tragedy could occur. "Voice"
was published in the July 6, 1963, issue of "The New Yorker"
magazine. This exhibit in the Eudora Welty Education and Visitors
Center adjoining the Eudora Welty House examines the event with
haunting correspondences written by Welty about the tragedy.
Place: The Eudora
Welty Education and Visitors Center, 1119 Pinehurst St.
For all info: Call the Center at 601.353.7762
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Tuesday through Saturday
THE UNION COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM
member in the Southern Literary Trail, the Union County Heritage
Museum in New Albany honors the town's connections to William
Faulkner and Borden Deal with exhibits and a literary garden that
features the plants in Faulkner's novels. The Museum and Faulkner
Literary Garden are located only one block from Faulkner's birth
site. New Albany is considered the town that inspired "The Hamlet"
and "The Reivers." A visit to the Museum conjures visions of
Place: The Union
County Heritage Museum in New Albany, Ms.
Time: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: A donation of your choice
Info: Call 662.538.0014
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March 28, 2013
A TRIBUTE TO STARK YOUNG WITH A LITERARY LANDMARKS MARKER DEDICATION
Born in Como, Stark
Young graduated to the ranks of the nation's most cosmopolitan and
accomplished literary talents of the 20th Century. He was a poet,
playwright and author whose best-selling novel "So Red the Rose"
depicts with fiction the Civil War struggles of his own family. With
a vast knowledge of theater, Young wrote drama criticism for "The
New Republic" and became renowned for his reviews that included
critical essays of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie" and
Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh."
Well versed in
numerous languages, Young translated acclaimed English versions of
Chekhov's "The Three Sisters," "The Cherry Orchard," and "Uncle
Vanya." Endless artistic talents enabled Young to paint landscapes
and flowers during a latter chapter of his life. New York exhibits
of the writer's artwork received enthusiastic responses from
Manhattan's demanding art critics in 1945. Young died in 1963 and
was buried in Como's Friendship Cemetery.
Southern Literary Trail salutes Como, Mississippi, and its Emily J.
Pointer Public Library for a Tribute to Stark Young that will occur
on the grounds of the Library on Thursday, March 28, 2013, beginning
at noon. At 12:45 p.m., a Literary Landmarks marker will be
dedicated on the south lawn. The Tribute program will include "A
Visit from Stark Young" with actor Ken Wooten as Young. Karen
Wilson, executive director of the Son Edna Foundation in Charleston,
Ms., will give the keynote address about literacy in small-town
Mississippi. Other presentations include selections from "The Cherry
Orchard" in the original Russian and in Young's English translation.
Place: The Emily J.
Pointer Public Library in Como, Mississippi
Time: 12 noon on March 28, 2013
Info: Call 662.526.5283 or
the Library on Facebook
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