The Southern Literary Salons
A literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, and at least 30 Southern-inspired minutes of influential writers in a private, gracious home. Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and fare.
Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic
April 21, 2017
Hosted by Melia and Drew Murphy at their gracious Germantown home
“Give me the grace, dear God, to see the bareness and the misery of the places where You are not adored but desecrated,” the 20-year-old O’Connor writes in A Prayer Journal. “Am I trying to shock with God? Please don’t let me have to scrap the story because it turns out to mean more wrong than right…or any wrong.” The author of Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Everything that Rises Must Converge, O’Connor spent most of her life in Savannah and Milledgeville, GA. Her work is often described as birthing the Southern Gothic style. “There is nothing harder than Christian realism…the reviewer always has hold of the wrong horror.”
Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth
January 27, 2017
Hosted by Nancy Copp in her legendary Germantown home
She described writing fiction as “a personal act of vision.” Eudora Welty (1900-2001) was widely popular as a writer and photographer from her lifelong home in Jackson, MS. Welty was at literary home seemingly only in experimentation, her vast skill-set ranging from comedy to tragedy, realistic to surreal, fiction to biography, fairy tale to history – always in the South. Her canon includes the short stories in A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, and The Golden Apples, and the novels The Ponder Heart and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Optimist’s Daughter.