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Program of the 26th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2014

The theme for this year's symposium is "''Homesick for Somewhere': Displacement, loss, and longing in the South" and is inspired by Eudora Welty's story "Kin" from her collection The Bride of Innisfallen.

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.

The full schedule can be found on our poster or the events listings on Facebook, Goodreads, and LibraryThing.


Friday, October 24, 1:30 p.m.

Author of The Secret of Magic and The Air Between Us

Deborah Johnson returns to the symposium with her second novel The Secret of Magic, whose main character, Regina Robichard, a young NAACP lawyer, has come to Revere Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of an African American soldier on his return from the Second World War. Here she disentangles the secrets of the Magnolia Forest and the realities of her favorite childhood author, M. P. Calhoun.

Booklist has praised the novel as “a completely engaging southern gothic with unforgettable characters.” It is a fictional account of a pivotal early civil rights case, inspired by Johnson’s father’s love of Thurgood Marshall, who has a small role in the novel, and Johnson’s admiration for Constance Baker Motley, the inspiration for Regina’s character.

Secret of Magic cover