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 Horse People: Stories and The Deer in the Mirror: Stories and a Novella

Saturday, Oct 26, 9 a.m. - Noon  Poindexter Hall

Cary Holladay returns the symposium with readings from her two newest collections of stories, Horse People and The Deer in the Mirror, winner of the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction. Holladay, a perennial favorite at the symposium, has appeared twice before, in 2008 with her novel A Fight in the Doctor’s Office and in 2002 with her novel Mercury. Laced with pathos and humor, Holladay’s stories chronicle the history of the horse country of Virginia, and range from the Old Dominion State in the wake of the Revolutionary War to Alaska during the Gold Rush. Lee Smith has dubbed Holladay an “historical fiction writer extraordinaire,” arguing that “Holladay writes with a majestic mastery of language, history, and character, telling tales both tough and true, brilliant and always surprising, like a diamond held up and turned in a shaft of sunlight.”

Horse People - Cary Holladay

The Deer in the Mirror - Cary Holladay