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The Southern Literary Trail

Friday, August 22, 2008


The website This Goodly Land: Alabama's Literary Landscape has a blog and this week mentioned the Southern Literary Trail - it stretches from Natchez to Savannah including 18 different towns. In March of next year, "every Trail community will present plays, movies, tours and discussion panels that explore the masterworks of Southern literature and honor their authors."

(above: the Lillian Hellman historical marker in Demopolis)

(above: the Harper Lee and Truman Capote reading room at the old courthouse in Monroeville)


(above: the Joel Chandler Harris, Brer Rabbit monument in Clayton, Georgia)


In Mississippi the cities participating are:
Clarksdale, Columbus, Greenville, Jackson, Natchez, and Oxford
for authors:
Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, Shelby Foote, Richard Wright, Margaret W. Alexander, and William Faulkner

In Alabama the cities are:
Demopolis, Hartselle, Mobile, Monroeville, Montgomery, and Tuskegee
for authors:
Lillian Hellman, William Bradford Huie, Eugene Walter, William March, Albert Murray, Truman Capote, Nell Harper Lee, Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ralph Ellison

In Georgia the cities are:
Atlanta, Clayton, Columbus, Milledgeville, Moreland, and Savannah
for authors:
Margaret Mitchell, Joel Chandler Harris, Lillian Smith, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, and Erskine Caldwell

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I am ashamed to say that I was in Creative Writing and Advanced English all through high school (which was good for me because all we did was read literature and write rather than do things like diagram sentences which I never-ever could do), and I took at least two classes in college on Southern authors and literature and still did not have the faintest idea who William Bradford Huie was. How can that be?

Not that it's anyone's fault but my own. But still.

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What I am really tickled about is that during March of 2009 when all the big events are taking place, Mobile will show "Last of the Bohemians" which is a new documentary about one of my ***favorite*** people of all time, Eugene Walter. This is the trailer:



...and one night they will also be doing "Dinner at the Pillars: Menu by Eugene. A dinner at the famed Pillars Restaurant of Mobile will feature a menu from the recipes of Eugene Walter and anecdotes about his remarkable life. This will be a happy affair presented by a restaurant renowned for hospitality and service. Eugene told his biographer Katherine Clark in Milking the Moon: "After all, fun is worth any amount of preparation." (Reservations required for this ticketed event.)"

Av and I have been to The Pillars before and it is *excellent* - plus with Eugene's recipes I can only imagine. Oh if there is any way we can get to it, we will be there for the film and the supper and anything else in between!!

Although -- you know, it's been rumored that at one dinner party that Eugene gave, he actually served canned cat food as pate. No one was supposed to know. I think no one knows for sure. But Eugene was something else altogether.

I'm pretty sure The Pillars will not be serving Fancy Feast.

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The events that are planned for each state are here: AL events, GA events, MS events. This is going to be wonderful.

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