Program of the 29th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2017

The theme for this year's symposium is "'So the incident became a story': Tales and Truths Around the South," which is inspired by Eudora Welty’s story "The Hitch-Hikers" from her collection, A Curtain of Green.

The names below are the list of authors for this year, including when available, links to author websites where you can learn a little more about this year's line-up. Don't forget that we will be selling books at Welty Book Table during the symposium.

Daniel Wallace

Author of Extraorinary Adventures

Daniel Wallace returns as the keynote author, reading from his sixth novel, Extraordinary Adventures. Wallace is known for his bestselling novel Big Fish, which was adapted as a hit movie and a Broadway musical. In it Wallace firmly established himself as the master of the tall tale.

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James E. Cherry

author of Edge of the Wind

Novelist and poet James E. Cherry from Jackson, Tennessee, brings his second novel Edge of the Wind, which the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has called "a taut thriller that goes behind the headlines of hostage-taking and mental illness."

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Beth Ann Fennelly

author of Heating and Cooling

Mississippi's poet laureate, Beth Ann Fennelly, returns to the symposium with her genre-bending collection of micro-memoir, Heating and Cooling.

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