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 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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