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Program of the 28th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2016

The theme for this year's symposium is "Overcoming the Silence: To speak out when 'It warrants no stir.'" which is inspired by Eudora Welty's story "The Demonstrators," which was published in The New Yorker in 1966 and appears in The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.

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 Summer of the Cicadas

9:00 AM on Friday, October 21



Cole Lavalais lives in Chicago and is currently teaching as visiting writer in the W’s low-residency MFA program in creative writing. Her debut novel, Summer of the Cicadas, takes her heroine Viola Moon to a Southern HBCU, where she confronts her heritage and her struggles with mental illness. Brooklyn Magazine called it “the ultimate intersectional novel.


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