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Program of the 30th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2018

The theme for this year's symposium is “‘As If the Ear of the World Listened’: Celebrating Thirty Years of Southern Stories,” which is inspired by  Welty's novel Delta Wedding.

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 during the symposium.

Times listed are approximate start times of each reading—sessions begin at the following times: Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m.

author of Southernmost

Friday, October 19 11:15 a.m. 

Silas House returns to the symposium with his sixth novel Southernmost, the story of a Tennessee preacher who, after a disastrous Cumberland river flood, embarks on a search for his ostracized, gay brother. House's other novels include The Coal Tattoo, A Parchment of Leaves, Clay’s Quilt, Eli the Good, and Same Sun Here (with Neela Vaswani).  He also co-wrote Something’s Rising, a collection of creative nonfiction with Jason Howard, and has written three plays:  In These Fields (co-written with Sam Gleaves), This Is My Heart for You, and The Hurting Part.


Did You Know?

  1. House teaches in the MFA program at Spalding University and is NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College.
  2. He is also a music journalist, writing for No Depression and NPR's All Things Considered.
  3. He is the recipient of the Appalachian Book of the Year award, the EB White Award, and the Lee Smith Award, among others.

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