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Program of the 32nd Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2020

The theme for this year's symposium is “'Walking Along in the Changing-Time': Southern Writers in Uncertain Times." It is inspired by Eudora Welty's story “The Wide Net.”

Times listed are approximate start times of each reading in Central Daylight Time. Sessions will be at the following times:

  • Thursday, 6-7 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Friday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 7-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All sessions will be live-streamed on Facebook at our WeltySymposium Group.
Books are available for purchase through The Bookend.
For signed copies, contact the author through their author website.

author of The Everlasting

Saturday, October 24, 10:40 a.m.

Katy Simpson Smith returns to the symposium with her third novel, The Everlasting, in which she weaves together four stories from four centuries, contemplating love, the body, and mortality, all connected by ancient Rome, a fish hook, a saint, and the ultimate unreliable narrator, Satan. Kirkus Reviews calls it "a sparkling historical novel" that "bounds through 2,000 years of history, following four indelible characters as they grapple with questions of faith, freedom, and transgressive love." A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Smith has served as Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College and now lives and writes in New Orleans. Her previous novels are The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men. She is also the author of the scholarly title We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835.

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