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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, 3:00 p.m.

Author of The Story of Land and Sea

First-time novelist and Jackson native Katy Simpson Smith will read and discuss The Story of Land and Sea, which chronicles three generations of North Carolinians around the time of the Revolutionary War to tell the tale of Helen and her privateer husband, as well as Helen’s uneasy relationship with her slave, Moll, as well as the stories of Helen’s father Asa and her daughter Tabitha, whose bout with Yellow Fever serves as the crisis that launches one of several interwoven journeys. The Oxford American calls the novel “a memorable debut, rich with small, sharp moments of observation and understanding” and Vogue predicts it will be the "debut of the year."

Simpson Smith also serves as one of the judges of the first Ephemera Prize for High School Writers. The prize will be awarded following her and Derrick Harriell's readings.