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THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL connects southern places in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi that inspired great American writers to create classic fiction and plays. The inspiration continues. Every two years, the Trail's organizers host Trailfest, the only tri-state literary festival in the United States with free events, theatrical performances and heritage tours. Trailfest returns in 2015.


The Shaw Festival Theatre at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, presents "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" by Tennessee Williams through October 11, 2014

Deborah Hay as "Dorothea" in "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur." Photo by David Cooper.Dedicated to a tradition of reviving classic plays, including the works of writers from the American South, the Shaw Festival presents "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur," a rarely produced play by Tennessee Williams, through October 11, 2014. Directed by Blair Williams at the Shaw Festival, an internationally acclaimed theatre in Ontario just north of the United States, "Creve Coeur" originally opened in New York City on January 10, 1979, at the renowned Hudson Guild Theatre after its debut performances during the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. The lead character Dorothea Gallaway must confront disappointing news about a man she wished to marry as her roommate Bodey prepares for a picnic at Creve Coeur Park. For more photos from the show and the Shaw Festival, visit the Trail's "Creve Coeur" page or go directly to the Shaw's website for ticket and schedule information (www.shawfest.com).

 
The Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute returns for its 13th annual chapter in Columbus, Ms., from September 8 to 14, 2014

13th Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes in Columbus, Ms., September 8-14, 2014.In The 13th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes in Columbus features a production of “The Glass Menagerie” at Mississippi University for Women from September 8 to 14, 2014. The week’s highlights include presentations by regional Williams scholars Ralph Voss (from Alabama), Stuart Noel (Georgia) and Kenneth Holditch (Louisiana). Dr. Holditch has given talks about Williams for the Southern Literary Trail throughout the South during each Trailfest celebration. Dr. Voss has also spoken about Truman Capote during Trailfest in Monroeville, Alabama. Additional Tribute performances will include “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and a musical menu accompanying a Southern soul food supper at the Moon Lake Party. Consult the poster for telephone and ticket information.

  
F. Scott Fitzgerald - His Montgomery, Al., home with wife Zelda is a Trail destination. (Portrait by Maralyn Wilson)GALLERY OF WRITERS

Birmingham, Alabama, artist Maralyn Wilson has created encaustic portraits of the Trail's writers that capture both their mystery and their "luminosity." From here, view the series and navigate pentimento.

Photo at Right: F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose Montgomery, Al., home with wife Zelda is a Trail destination. (Portrait by Maralyn Wilson)

 
ALBUMS FROM PAST EVENTS:

Interviews and Tours (Pictured: Joel Vig)   2007 Hellman Wyler Festival   2011 Trailfest Posters   Trailfest 2013
Interviews and Tours   2007 Hellman Wyler Festival   2011 Trailfest Posters   Trailfest 2013
             
"Exposures and Reflections,"  An Exhibit of Eudora Welty's Photographs   Capote 1966   Zelda Fitzgerald's Paperdoll Paintings at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2011  
"Exposures and Reflections," An Exhibit of Eudora Welty's Photographs   Capote 1966   Zelda Fitzgerald's Paperdoll Paintings at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2011   50th anniversary of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird"
(Photo courtesy of Monroe County Heritage Museums)
              
              
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MISSISSIPPI
   
Clarksdale: Tennessee Williams
   
Columbus: Tennessee Williams
Eudora Welty
   
Como: Stark Young
   
Greenville: Walker Percy
Shelby Foote
   
Jackson: Eudora Welty
Richard Wright
Margaret W. Alexander
   
Natchez: Richard Wright
   
New Albany: Borden Deal
William Faulkner
   
Oxford: William Faulkner
 
ALABAMA
   
Demopolis: Lillian Hellman
   
Hartselle: William Bradford Huie
   
Mobile: Eugene Walter
William March
Albert Murray
   
Monroeville: Truman Capote
Harper Lee
   
Montgomery: Zelda S. Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   
Tuskegee: Ralph Ellison
Albert Murray
 
GEORGIA
   
Atlanta: Margaret Mitchell
Joel Chandler Harris
   
Blairsville: Byron Herbert Reece
   
Clayton: Lillian Smith
   
Columbus: Carson McCullers
   
Milledgeville: Flannery O’Connor
Alice Walker
   
Moreland: Erskine Caldwell
   
Savannah: Flannery O’Connor