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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 Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival will present its most ambitious event schedule to date from March 25 to 29, 2015

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival - March 25 to 29, 2015For almost three decades, the Tennessee Williams NOLA Literary Festival has claimed the historic French Quarter at the end of March to celebrate its eponymous playwright, his works and literary life in the adopted city he called his “spiritual home.” Beginning modestly in 1986, the Festival has expanded into a five day gala featuring two days of master classes, lively discussions conducted by distinguished panelists, celebrity interviews, play competitions, book fairs, and literary walking tours. The forthcoming festival in March 2015 will feature playwright John Patrick Shanley (“Doubt”) and biographer John Lahr, author of the latest TW biography “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.” For more information, call 504.581.1144 or visit www.tennesseewilliams.net.

  
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