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 Extraorinary Adventures

Daniel Wallace returns as the keynote author, reading from his sixth novel, Extraordinary Adventures. Wallace is known for his bestselling novel Big Fish, which was adapted as a hit movie and a Broadway musical. In it Wallace firmly established himself as the master of the tall tale.

In Extraordinary Adventures, unassuming junior executive shipping clerk Edsel Bronfman of Birmingham, Ala., wins a weekend getaway to Destin Florida, but must bring along a wife or girlfriend to claim his prize. Having neither, he sets out to find someone, which leads to extraordinary adventures that the New York Times declares are “as refreshing and original as his earlier books,” and Garden and Gun calls "a rollicking crash course in loving—and in living a little." 

Other novels by Daniel Wallace include Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam.

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