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Program of the 27th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2015

The theme for this year's symposium is "''This Very Leap in the Dark': New Beginnings in Southern Letters" which is inspired by Eudora Welty's essay "Words into Fiction" from her collection of essays The Eye of the Story..

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.weltyposter2015

author of Flying Shoes

9:30 AM on Saturday, October 24

Lisa Howorth's novel,  Flying Shoes, is an in-depth exploration of Oxford, Mississippi, and the main character Mary Byrd Thornton’s attempts to come to terms with the news that the cold case of the murder of her step-brother may finally be solved. It is a fictional account, though the central crime is based on the murder of the author’s own step-brother, which remains unsolved. Howorth is part-owner of Square Books and has published widely on Southern language and culture in articles and books such as The Southern I.Q. Quiz Book, South: A Treasury of Art and Literature, and Yellow Dogs, Hushpuppies, and Bluetick Hounds: The Official Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Quiz Book.Flying Shoes cover