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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 Temples

Friday, October 19, 1:30 p.m.

Latha Viswanathan's novel, Temples, is set in her native India. She writes from the point of view of an elderly archeologist, a restorer of temples, who reflects on the decline of traditional culture in contemporary life. His Indian-American great-niece, colleagues, a neighbor, two American missionaries, and stories from the Bhagavad Gita, as depicted on the temple, provide other perspectives. Viswanathan first came to the Symposium with her story collection Lingering Tide and Other Stories. She has lived in England, the Philippines, and Canada, where she worked as a copywriter, journalist, teacher, and editor. She currently lives and writes in Houston, Texas. 


Did You Know?

  1. Viswanathan's fiction has been broadcast on National Public Radio and published in New Stories from the South. 
  2. Latha Viswanathan was the recipient of a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts in Fiction.

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