Program of the 2013 Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium

The symposium is scheduled for October 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2013. The theme for this year's symposium is "'Alive as Ever, on the Brink of Oblivion': Southern Writers in the Eye of the Storm" and is inspired by Eudora Welty's last novel "Losing Battles."

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.

author of Rivers

Friday, Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  Poindexter Hall

MUW’s own Michael Farris Smith will read from Rivers, his dystopian novel set on the Mississippi Gulf coast plagued by relentless hurricanes. Newly released in September, Rivers has been garnering rave reviews. Library Journal named it one of four “hot debuts” and Indiebound has chosen the novel for its September “Indie Next List.” As Kirkus Reviews notes in its starred review “This world is chilling—all the more so for its believability—and it is peopled by compelling, fully realized characters, some of whom only exist in the form of ghosts. In contrast to this bleak world, Smith’s prose is lush, descriptive and even beautiful.”


Rivers - Michael Farris Smtih