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Program of the 29th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2017

The theme for this year's symposium is "'So the incident became a story': Tales and Truths Around the South," which is inspired by Eudora Welty’s story "The Hitch-Hikers" from her collection, A Curtain of Green.

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 Desperation Road

Michael Farris Smith teaches creative writing at Mississippi University for Women. He  will read from his second novel, “Desperation Road,” the story of a man and a woman who meet on a dark road in McComb, Mississippi., one holding a gun and both on the run. Kirkus Reviews praises it as a "smooth-flowing novel of the Deep South" that offers "a long-brewing hunger for vengeance and a slim chance of redemption." Smith's previous books include the novel Rivers and the novella The Hands of Strangers.

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