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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 Driving the King

1:30 PM on Friday, October 23

Ravi Howard returns to the symposium with his second novel, Driving the King, the story of a World War II veteran who is down on his luck in Montgomery, Alabama, until he lands a job as chauffeur and bodyguard to Nat King Cole. Through the lens of his main character, Nat Weary, Howard explores the segregated South of the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as the somewhat freer world Weary finds when he lands in Los Angeles, with its own version of intolerance and discrimination. Howard first came to the symposium with his debut novel, Like Trees Walking, the fictionalized account of a 1980s lynching in his native Mobile, Alabama.Driving the King cover