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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.

Carol Ruth Silver


Friday, October 24, 9:00 a.m.

author of Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison

This year's Eudora Welty Prize will be awarded to Carol Ruth Silver for her memoir, “Freedom Rider Diary,” which tells of her experiences as a young twenty-two-year-old college graduate who left New York City to join the Freedom Riders on one of the historic rides to desegregate the busses in the South. Her participation in this nonviolent civil disobedience led to her arrest and imprisonment in Parchman for forty days. The memoir recounts the experience of Silver and other members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in the charged atmosphere of the Civil Rights movement.

Silver has gone on to be a successful lawyer and politician in San Francisco, as well as an advocate for women’s rights. One of her recent projects is to bring laptops and education to the young women of Afghanistan through the One Laptop Per Child program.