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Trailfest 2015: Alabama Events

Trailfest 2015 events in Alabama are made possible by major grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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"Addie Pray," re-titled "Paper Moon"Community Reads: Addie Pray by Joe David Brown

At three Alabama Public Libraries
March 1, 2015, and thereafter
Decatur, Hartselle and Demopolis

With a unique partnership among their public libraries, three Alabama towns Decatur, Demopolis, and Hartselle are collaborating for community reads of an unheralded Alabama novel, Addie Pray by Joe David Brown, throughout Trailfest 2015. Copies of the book, a source novel for the 1973 Oscar-winning film Paper Moon with Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal, will be available for the public to borrow at the Demopolis Public Library, the William Bradford Huie Library in Hartselle and the Decatur Public Library.

Set during the origins of the Tennessee Valley Authority in North Alabama, Addie Pray begins in Marengo County of West Alabama where Addie and her (probable) father "Long Boy" sell their first deluxe-edition Bible to an unsuspecting widow in Demopolis. After a road trip up Highway 31, populated by the poor workers of the Depression, the two sell their second Bible in Decatur, adjoining Hartselle, to another unsuspecting victim of their con-games.

A "confidence game" is underway by the two leads of "Paper Moon" (Paramount Pictures).Consequently, these Community Reads follow the pathways of the book by Joe David Brown, a native of Birmingham, who learned about "confidence games" as a police reporter for The Birmingham Post. Among the first 20 Paratroopers to land in France during World War II, Brown received the Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre with palm. Ultimately he became a reporter for The New York Daily News and a writer for Time-Life Books.

Dr. Bert Hitchcock will present a lecture on "Addie Pray" as part of Decatur's Community Read of the book in the lobby of the Princess Theatre, 112 2nd Ave. N.E., Decatur, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 7 p.m. Dr. Hitchcock is Professor Emeritus and Hargis Professor of American Literature from Auburn University.

Dates: Current and continuing in Demopolis and Hartselle; begins on March 1, 2015 in Decatur.
Demopolis Info: The Demopolis Public Library, 334.289.1595
Hartselle Info: The William Bradford Huie Library, 256.773.9880
Decatur Info: The Decatur Public Library, 504 Cherry St. N.E., 256.353.2993.

 
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ENCAUSTIC ART BY MARALYN WILSON: Luminosity and Literature

Hosted by The Decatur Culture Club at The Carnegie Visual Arts Center
March 13, 2015
Decatur

Eudora Welty encaustic portrait by Maralyn WilsonEudora Welty encaustic portrait by Maralyn WilsonMaralyn Wilson's encaustic portraits of Southern Literary Trail writers are featured on the Gallery page of this website: haunting images of Carson McCullers, Lillian Hellman, and William Faulkner among others. The encaustic technique, a manipulation of wax over images, enables Maralyn to achieve "luminosity" with these portraits, while retaining an "atmosphere of mysterious times." For Trailfest 2015, she has been invited by the Decatur Culture Club to present a lecture-demonstration of her encaustic techniques and to create a portrait of Joe David Brown, the novelist of Addie Pray set substantially in Decatur and along the pathways of Alabama's historic Highway 31 during the Depression. This presentation at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center will coincide with a Community Reads of the book at the Decatur Public Library and at the nearby William Bradford Huie Library in Hartselle.

Place: The Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E.
Date and Time: March 13, 2015, at 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Carnegie Visual Arts Center at 256.341.0562.

 
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House on HMPS Homes TourThe 46th Annual Homes Tour of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society

March 13 and 14, 2015
Mobile, Alabama

In its 80th year, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society invites its annual Homes Tour visitors into the parlors and onto the grounds of Mobile's most intriguing homes. Many of the places and boulevards along the Tour route inspired Southern Literary Trail writers Albert Murray, William March and Eugene Walter. Walter lived in the Cox-Deasy House on the atmospheric grounds of Oakleigh, a grand mansion with interpretive tours of Mobile and the city's evolving history. Oakleigh is the fascinating starting point for the 46th Homes Tour that will emphasize contemporary living in historic settings.

Place: Originating at Oakleigh and various Tour locations
Days: Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Admission: TBA
Info: Call 251.432.6161 or visit www.historicmobile.org.

 
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Cast of the Eugene Walter Porch Play, from left, Joel Vig, Carolyn Haines, Sue Walker and John Hafner.The Eugene Walter Porch Play: Eugene Walter at Large...plus Eugene Talks Truman!

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Mobile

From the porch of the Cox-Deasy House, where Mobile writer Eugene Walter lived, Broadway actor Joel Vig (original cast of "Hairspray") re-unites with previous castmates Carolyn Haines, Sue Walker, John Hafner and singer Jordan Nocon to return with the popular Eugene Eugene WalterWalter Porch Play as a feature of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society (HMPS) Homes Tour. Walter met Truman Capote at children's matinees on Saturdays at the Lyric Theatre in Mobile. About Capote, Walter said, "He was an imp. He was a real imp."

Eugene will have more to say about Truman at this year's Porch Play, all delivered Southern-style by the cast and followed with a champagne reception hosted by HMPS and the Southern Literary Trail. Presented with grant support by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). (Two weeks after the Porch Play, Joel Vig will present "Truman Talks Tennessee" at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Visit the TW/NO Literary Festival page for details.)

Place: The Cox-Deasy House at Oakleigh
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free for the Play, though tickets must be purchased to go on the Homes Tour.
Info: Call Oakleigh at 251.432.6161.

 
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Power Poverty and the TVA

An Exhibition and Examination through Art, Film, and the Printed Word
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and continuing
Various locations in Decatur and Hartselle

"Power, Poverty, and the TVA" is a month-long examination of the TVA through art and film and the printed word. This in-depth study, produced exclusively for Trailfest 2015, launches on March 17, 2015. All events are free and open to the public.

In his novel Mud on the Stars, Hartselle native William Bradford Huie writes about the encroachment of the Tennessee Valley Authority into Northwestern Alabama:

"With the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority the entire valley became one vast Project. From the river's confluence with the Ohio clear back into the Tennessee and Carolina mountains, the valley was lifted up and pegged out on the drawing boards of the architects and planners."

 
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"Addie Pray," re-titled "Paper Moon"Paper Moon: A book lecture by Dr. Bert Hitchcock

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Princess Theatre, Decatur

Dr. Bert Hitchcock will present a lecture about Paper Moon by Joe David Brown. The novel's precocious central character, Addie Pray, has faith in "Mr. Roosevelt" and his plans, like the TVA, to make America a fairer place. Dr. Hitchcock will discuss the socioeconomic conditions in the Depression-era South that allowed for stories like Paper Moon. The shenanigans and subterfuge played out on the pages of Paper Moon were set largely in North Alabama and around Decatur. The event will be held in the beautiful lobby of the Princess Theatre. If you would like to join the Community Read of Paper Moon, copies are available at both Decatur and Hartselle libraries.

Dr. Hitchcock was an American literature professor in the English Department at Auburn University. Before his retirement he taught for over 35 years and served as Department Head and Chairman of Freshman English.

Place: The Princess Theatre lobby, 112 2nd Avenue, N.E., Decatur
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 256.341.0562.

 
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The Carnegie Visual Arts CenterChanging Vistas of the Tennessee Valley

An Exhibition
March 17, 2015, to April 25, 2015
The Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur

The Carnegie Visual Arts Center officially opens the exhibit Changing Vistas of the Tennessee Valley with artworks by a consortium of twenty-five artists from the Huntsville/Decatur area called "The Committee." The exhibit was created as part of Trailfest 2015. An historical timeline of archival articles and photographs of the Tennessee Valley before and during construction of the TVA will accompany the exhibit.

Place: The Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E., Decatur
Admission: Free
Info: Call 256.341.0562.

 
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Wilson Dam of the TVA named for Pres. Woodrow Wilson"Built for the People"

Documentary Screening and Discussion
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur

Built For the People is a documentary about the origins of the TVA and its impact across the Tennessee Valley. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The presentation will include a reading of Barrett Shelton Sr.'s 1949 address to the United Nations about TVA and Decatur. The event will be presented at 7p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Avenue, Decatur, Alabama.

Place: Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Avenue, Decatur
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 256.341.0562.

 
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Photo by Eudora WeltyThe Tennessee: From TVA to the 21st Century

A Lunch and Learn Session
Friday, March 20, 2015
The Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur

The Carnegie will host a lunchtime lecture and discussion examining the vast impact which the Tennessee River has had on life in the Valley. Speakers are Susan Estes, retired educator and co-creator of the Wetland's Edge Environmental Center, and Carol Puckett of the Southern Literary Trail. Attendees are invited to bring their brown bag lunch the event at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street N.E., Decatur, Alabama. Lunch & Learn programs last one hour.

Place: The Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur
Time: 12 noon
Admission: Free (Bring your own brown bag lunch.)
Info: Call the Center at 256.341.0562.

 
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"Wild River" from Huie's "Mud on the Stars""Wild River"

Screening and Roundtable Discussion
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Sparkman Civic Center, Hartselle

Elia Kazan's film Wild River will be shown at the Sparkman Civic Center at 406 Nanceford Road in Hartselle, Alabama. Morgan County archivist John Allison will introduce the film. This acclaimed movie stars Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick. It is based on William Bradford Huie's autobiographical novel Mud on the Stars, in combination with Borden Deal's novel Dunbar's Cover. Huie and Deal are both writers celebrated by the Southern Literary Trail. Wild River will be followed by a roundtable discussion with audience members.

Place: Sparkman Civic Center, 406 Nanceford Road, Hartselle
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the William Bradford Huie Library, 256.773.9880.

 
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"Directed by William Wyler" and "Jezebel" with Bette Davis

Introduced by the Director's daughters Catherine Wyler & Melanie Wyler
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Mobile at The Mobile Public Library, Ben May Main

Melanie Wyler and Catherine WylerMargaret Tallichet, an aspiring actress and daughter of David Compton Tallichet of Demopolis, moved from Dallas to Hollywood where she married William Wyler, an established director with the Oscar-winning "Jezebel" already among his credits. "Talli" and William Wyler became close friends with Lillian Hellman, another Demopolis descendant and the playwright of "The Little Foxes" and "The Children's Hour." The Wylers' daughters Catherine and Melanie visit Mobile for Trailfest 2015 to introduce two of their father's films and a special screening of "Directed by William Wyler," a documentary produced by Catherine Wyler.

William Wyler became a Hollywood legend and remains its most Oscar-winning director with films such as "Funny Girl," "Roman Holiday," "Wuthering Heights," "Dodsworth," "Ben-Hur" and "The Best Years of Our Lives." In "Directed by William Wyler," the director was interviewed about his career just three days before his death on July 27, 1981. Actors and actresses he guided to acclaim and Oscars are also interviewed for the film including Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, Audrey Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

  Wyler on location for "Roman Holiday"   Wyler directs Streisand in "Funny Girl."   Bette Davis and William Wyler  
  Wyler on location for "Roman Holiday"     Wyler directs Streisand in "Funny Girl."   Bette Davis and William Wyler    

The Wyler Family on location for "Roman Holiday""Directed by William Wyler" will be introduced by Catherine Wyler in Bernheim Hall at the Mobile Public Library, Main Branch, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 2 p.m. It will be followed by "Jezebel" with Bette Davis and introduced by Melanie Wyler. A drama of the South, "Jezebel" proved to be Bette Davis's first A-level motion picture with a top Hollywood director at the helm: William Wyler. Starring opposite Henry Fonda, Davis won a Best Actress Oscar for the role.

All Wyler films are presented by the Southern Literary Trail with partners The Mobile Public Library, The Mobile Arts Council, and the Historic Mobile Preservation Society with grant support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Place: Bernheim Hall, The Mobile Public Library on Government Street
Time: 2 p.m. for "Directed by William Wyler," followed by "Jezebel"
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Library at 251.208.7097 or the Mobile Arts Council at 251.432.9796.

 
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"The Little Foxes" directed by William Wyler"The Little Foxes" Directed by William Wyler

Introduced by Catherine Wyler and Melanie Wyler
March 22, 2015
Mobile at the Mobile Public Library, Ben May Main

With nine Oscar nominations in 1941, "The Little Foxes" directed by William Wyler was the most Oscar-nominated movie about Alabama until "Forrest Gump" won Best Picture in 1994. The film was adapted from Lillian Hellman's stage hit inspired Bette Davis and William Wylerby her Demopolis family, the Marxes, who are buried in Mobile. Bette Davis plays Regina, based upon Hellman's grandmother Sophie Marx Newhouse, who seeks ownership of a cotton mill expected to yield millions. To achieve her goals, Regina must overcome the Marx Family plot, Mobileblockades thrown her way by scheming brothers and an unsympathetic husband. At the time of its release, The New Yorker declared Wyler's film as "a major screen achievement." A reception of light refreshments to honor Catherine Wyler and Melanie Wyler will follow the film.

Place: Bernheim Hall at the Mobile Public Library, Government Street
Day and Time: Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Library at 251.208.7097 or the Mobile Arts Council at 251.432.9796.

 
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"The House with Laughing Windows" with Eugene Walter as priest (courtesy of Don Goodman)The Eugene Walter Lecture by Don Goodman

The Reel Life of Eugene Walter
March 29, 2015
Mobile at the Mobile Public Library, Ben May Main

Donald Goodman, a Eugene Walter biographer (The Happy Table of Eugene Walter, Southern Spirits in Food and Drink) and manager of the Mobile writer's estate, presents "The Reel Life of Eugene Walter" with rarely-seen clips from the movies in which the writer appeared. Walter enjoyed long sojourns in New York, Rome, and Paris when he wasn't at home in the South. He was a man of arts and letters who landed roles in many foreign films ranging from low-budget Italian thrillers to internationally renowned classics directed by Frederico Eugene Walter in "The Private Lesson" (courtesy, Don Goodman)Fellini. Through it all, Walter's world-view remained uniquely and steadfastly Southern.

Goodman will talk about Eugene Walter's interest in acting and performance that took him from summer theater in Mobile to foreign co-productions with Anais Nin and the films in Rome. The montage of clips with scenes or glimpses of Eugene will include The Pink Panther, 8 ˝, Belle Starr, The Pyjama Girl Case, Two Weeks in Another Town, and Private Lessons.

Local partners for Reel Life are the Mobile Public Library, the Mobile Arts Council, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society, and the Southern Literary Trail. A reception of light refreshments will follow the lecture.

Place: Bernheim Hall at the Mobile Public Library, Government Street
Day and Time: Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Library at 251.208.7097 or the Arts Council at 251.432.9796.

 
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A Railroad Crossing in DemopolisThe Way We Worked, A Smithsonian Exhibit and The Way We Worked Creatively

April 9, 2015, through May 2015
Demopolis

"The Cotton Club" by James Haskins of DemopolisThe Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the original Merchants Grocery beside a busy railway just south of downtown Demopolis, hosts the traveling Smithsonian Exhibition, The Way We Worked, with support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in April and May 2015. Spanning the years 1857 to 1987, the exhibition's 86 photographs depict America's workplaces and how the country's workforce has been shaped by social change, equality and freedom for over a century.

In collaboration with the Marengo County Historical Society, the Museum will supplement the exhibit with its own programs about Alabama cabinet makers, featuring Christopher Lang (Lyon Hall, Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m.), and the work of ministers and rabbis ("Rock in a Weary Land," Morning Star Baptist Church, April 19, at 2 p.m.). These partners plus the Demopolis Public Library and the Southern Literary Trail will also add a unique Demopolis imprint to the exhibit with The Way We Worked Creatively, featuring the creative work of writers, artists, and designers influenced by the town.

Bette Davis in "The Little Foxes"Promotional photo for "The Cotton Club" (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1984) from book by James HaskinsSome of their creations such as the book The Cotton Club by Demopolis-born James Haskins and The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman's play about her Demopolis family, have even translated into meaningful work for the artists of Broadway and Hollywood. To illustrate the point, Donna Meester, Jacki Armit and Daniel Whitlow of The University of Alabama Theatre Department in Tuscaloosa will construct likenesses of film costumes worn by Bette Davis (The Little Foxes, 1941) and Diane Lane (The Cotton Club, 1984) for the exhibit.

Place: The Marengo County History and Archives Museum, Walnut St., Downtown Demopolis
Dates and Times: April 9, 2015, through May 2015.
Opening Night: Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 6 p.m. with champagne reception
Admission: Free for all events
Info: Call the Museum at 334.289.0599.

 
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Courtesy, Monroe County Museum"To Kill A Mockingbird," the play at Monroe County Museum

April 10, 2015 through May 15, 2015
Monroeville

The Mockingbird Players of Monroeville present the 25th season of "To Kill a Mockingbird," the play, based upon the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The Georgia-Pacific Amphitheater is home for the popular play on the grounds of the Monroe County Museum and the Old Courtesy, Monroe County MuseumCourthouse in the heart of Monroeville, regarded as the model for Maycomb in the novel. During the famous trial scenes of "Mockingbird" when Atticus Finch defends the falsely-accused Tom Robinson, the drama moves into the actual courtroom where Harper Lee's father practiced law. Annually this production of "Mockingbird" attracts audience members from around the world. This year, the Jane Austen Society of Australia will be among the audiences as its members tour the Southern Literary Trail. Tickets are available on February 2, 2015, for groups and on March 2, 2015, for all others.

Place: The Monroe County Museum in Monroeville, Alabama
Dates: April 10, 2015 to May 16, 2015
Times and tickets: Call 251.575.7433 or go to www.monroecountymuseum.org.
Info: Call 251.575.7433

 
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Alabama Book FestThe Alabama Book Festival

April 11, 2015
Montgomery

"Addie Pray" by Joe David BrownThe Southern Literary Trail and its tri-state organizers annually host a popular tent at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery's historic Old Alabama Town. Free brochures and publications about the Trail, its literary landmarks and festivals will be shared under the tent. As a special feature of this year's Festival, the Southern Literary Trail will sponsor a reading from Joe David Brown's novel of con-games in Depression-era Alabama, "Addie Pray," by members of the Alabama Readers Theatre. Addie was depicted by actress Tatum O'Neal in "Paper Moon" (1973), Hollywood's version of Brown's book transplanted to Kansas.

Place: Old Town Alabama, Montgomery
Day and Time: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.240.4500.

 
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Bluff HallThe Marengo County Historical Society Pilgrimage

April 11 and 12, 2015
Demopolis

Trailfest 2015 coincides with a pilgrimage of home and vintage sites hosted every second year by the Marengo County Historical Society. The Society operates two popular house-museums in Demopolis: Bluff Hall and Lyon Hall. The mansions will be featured on the tour route in addition to homes and architectural treasures Lyon Hallrarely opened to the public. This year's pilgrimage will adopt the theme of a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum: The Way We Worked. Demopolis and its diverse history have influenced generations of writers, architects, artists, designers, architects and storytellers. The Pilgrimage reflects this history.

Place: Originates at Bluff Hall, 407 N. Commissioners Avenue
Days: Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2015.
Info, tickets and times: Call 334.289.0282. (Tickets are available at Bluff Hall.)

 
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Ralph EllisonThe Ralph Ellison Lecture at Tuskegee University
by Trudier Harris

April 15, 2015
Tuskegee

The Ralph Ellison Lecture at Tuskegee University features distinguished scholars and writers who present critical examinations of significant intellectual, philosophical and aesthetic issues. The meaningful event is open to the public. Ellison's legacy and his association with Tuskegee University as a student and one of its distinguished Trudier Harrisalumni are the foundation and inspiration for the annual event.

The latest book written by Trudier Harris is Martin Luther King, Jr., Heroism and African American Literature (2014). It follows a lengthy list of distinguished books authored by Dr. Harris including her 2003 memoir Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South. Her book and essay subjects have included Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and James Baldwin. In 2002, Dr. Harris was presented the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for selection as Alabama's distinguished literary scholar.

Place: The Kellogg Conference Center at Tuskegee University
Day and Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call Kellogg Center at 1.800.949.6161 or the Tuskegee Archives at 334.727.8888.

 
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Sylviane A. DioufReflections on Emma Langdon Roche by Sylviane Diouf

April 16, 2015
Mobile at the Mobile Public Library, Ben May Main

Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning historian and curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. Her acclaimed books include "Slavery's Exiles" and "Dreams of Africa in Alabama, The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story "Dreams of Africa in Alabama" by Sylviane A. Dioufof the Last Africans Brought to America." For her research of the Clotilda, Diouf was affected and inspired by Emma Langdon Roche, a Mobile artist and writer who published a book in 1914 about her journeys and those of other enslaved African-Americans along the Gulf Coast. The writings of Roche influenced future novelist Zora Neale Hurston, who was born in Alabama near Auburn, and some of her paintings survive today within the collections of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society.

The Society partners with the Southern Literary Trail along with the Mobile Public Library and the Mobile Arts Council for this presentation by Diouf, who will speak on Roche's influence. Dr. Kern Jackson of African-American Studies at the University of South Alabama will provide the introduction. This event is supported with a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Place: Bernheim Hall at the Mobile Public Library, Government Street
Day and Time: Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Mobile Public Library at 251.208.7097 or the Society at 251.432.6161.

 
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Joe David Brown's Addie Pray (Simon and Schuster, 1971)."Addie Pray" Day

April 17, 2015
Demopolis

Joe David Brown's 1971 novel "Addie Pray" begins: They say my mama, Miss Essie Mae Loggins, was the wildest girl in Marengo County, Alabama. After her mother dies in a scandalous accident on the Black Warrior River, Addie teams up with Mose Pray, nicknamed "Long Boy," to engage in a career of con games beginning in Demopolis and going north to Decatur "a few years before and after Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President for the first time."

One of America's most endearing Southern novels of the 1970s was made into one of the decade's most popular films by Director Peter Bogdanovich in 1973 with Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Addie. The film was re-titled "Paper Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal in "Paper Moon" based on "Addie Pray" (Paramount Pictures).Moon" and the locales were moved to Kansas.

Addie is not in Kansas anymore. For Addie Pray Day, she returns to her home, Marengo County, for a book discussion and readings by some of Alabama's most prominent literary scholars and authors. Demopolis natives Bert Hitchcock (Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of A Nation) and novelist Billy Cobb (A Walk Through Fire) lead the discussions and readings from Addie Pray throughout the Day including performances from the book by The Alabama Readers Theatre with Don Noble, the host of Alabama Public Television's popular Bookmark. The events conclude with a free screening of the Oscar-winning film in the Demopolis High School auditorium.

These events are presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Exhibit, The Way We Worked, at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum by the Museum, the Demopolis Public Library, the Marengo County Historical Society, the Two Rivers Arts Council, the Canebrake Players, the Tiger Arts Guild and the Southern Literary Trail with grant support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Place: Demopolis, Alabama, Public Library and Demopolis High School
Admission: Free for all events
Information: Call the Library at 334.289.1595.
Places and Times:

  12 Noon at the Demopolis Public Library for "Lunch at the Library" with a discussion of "Addie Pray" by Dr. Bert Hitchcock  
  6:30 p.m. in the Demopolis High School Auditorium for the Alabama Readers Theatre presentation of excerpts from Joe David Brown's "Addie Pray"  
  7:30 p.m. A showing of "Paper Moon" with Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal and Madeline Kahn in the Demopolis High School Auditorium  

 
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Truman Capote (Press Photo)The Alabama Writers Symposium

"Red Dirt Roads and Feet of Clay"
April 23 to 25, 2015
Monroeville

Literary Alabama is distinguished by its writers who have walked the red dirt roads of Alabama and left a legendary trace along the landscape. The annual Alabama Writers Symposium sponsored by Alabama State Community College (ASCC) features "red dirt roads and feet of clay" as its theme. For two days, celebrated writers including Rick Bragg and Ravi Howard will convene with book enthusiasts in the Alabama hometown of Harper Lee and Truman Capote.

In conjunction with the Southern Literary Trail, the Symposium will present Alabama Writer's Symposiummembers of the Alabama Readers Theatre including Don Noble (host of Alabama Public Television's Bookmark) and poet Jennifer Horne with readings from Joe David Brown's "Addie Pray" and Truman Capote's "House of Flowers." Musicians and vocalists from ASCC will accompany the "House of Flowers" reading with songs from the Broadway show inspired by Capote's story set in Haiti. These programs are supported with a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Place: Alabama Southern Community College and various locations in Monroeville
Dates: Thursday, April 23, 2015, to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Reservations and Information: Call 251.575.8226.

 
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"The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams

April 24 to 27, 2015
Demopolis

The Canebrake Players of Demopolis continue the Alabama tribute to Tennessee Williams during Trailfest 2015 with his "memory play," The Glass Menagerie. It relates the dreams and frustrations of a working-class Southern family whose fragilities might be represented by the glass animal collection of the character Laura Wingfield. Laura was handicapped by a childhood illness and left at home with her domineering mother Amanda and rebellious brother Tom.

In his production notes for the play, Tennessee Williams wrote, "When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken." Director Susanna Naisbett directs the beloved classic in a town with a local connection to all those "gentleman callers" so vivid in Amanda's memory. Walter Brown McCord, a founding director of the Canebrake Players, was also connected to the playwright via a friendship in the theatrical community of New York City. For more background, visit the Tennessee Williams/Alabama Tribute page.

Place: The Canebrake Theatre at the Old School on Main, Demopolis
Dates and Times: Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 per adult and $7.00 for students.
Info: Call 334.289.3128.

 
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Pearl Bailey (in a press photo for "St. Louis Blues," Paramount Pictures)Truman Capote's House of Flowers in Words and Music

April 25, 2015
Monroeville

Now in its 60th year, a musical version of Truman Capote's novella, House of Flowers,, premiered at the Alvin Theater in New York City on December 30, 1954. Like Capote's story, the show was set in a West Indies brothel with music by Harold Arlen ("Over the Rainbow") and a stellar cast that included Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, and Geoffrey Holder. It was revived in 1968 for another New York production. Neither enjoyed long runs, but Capote proudly declared the show "provided Harold Arlen the opportunity to produce one of his most original and masterly achievements." Capote was right. Songs from House of Flowers have become standards for current masters of Broadway showtunes such as Barbra Streisand and Audra MacDonald.

Al Hirschfeld drawing for the original production of "House of Flowers," premiering December 30, 1954, at the Alvin Theatre in New York City.The Southern Literary Trail proudly joins the Monroe County Museum, the Alabama Writers Symposium, and Alabama Southern Community College (ASCC) to present a reading of Capote's story by Don Noble of Public Television's popular em>Bookmark program and Alabama poet Jennifer Horne, accompanied by musicians and vocalists from ASCC who perform selections of Arlen's songs from the show. The matinee in the courtroom of the Old Courthouse precedes the evening performance of To Kill A Mockingbird as part of the Monroe County Museum's annual Gala. House of Flowers will be free and open to the public with grant support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Place: The Monroe County Museum (Old Courthouse), Monroeville
Date and Time: Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Museum at 251.575.7433 or the Symposium at 251.575.8226.

 
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P.J. Johnson (Imogene) and Tatum O'Neal (Addie) on stairs within the Exchange Hotel (Paramount Pictures)."Paper Moon" at the historic Capri Theatre

As part of The Fitzgerald Museum Gala weekend
April 30, 2015
Montgomery

In the art-deco Capri Theatre within Montgomery's Old Cloverdale neighborhood, the 1973 film classic Paper Moon will be presented as a feature of the annual Fitzgerald Museum Gala weekend. After reading the source novel Addie Pray by Birmingham native Joe David Brown, Director Peter Bogdanovich has written that he decided "to move the story out of the Tennessee Williams/William Faulkner/Truman Capote sort of South in which the book is set." He transferred the book's Alabama locales to Kansas and the Midwest for the film.

Alabama audiences will recognize the film's references to towns near Montgomery such as Troy and Hayneville. Alabama historians will also know that the Exchange Hotel, used for a critical scene and the A vintage post card of Montgomery's Exchange Hotelcome-uppance of Miss Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn) in the film, was a long-time hotel in downtown Montgomery. In the book, Addie Pray (Tatum O'Neal) describes the Exchange Hotel of Montgomery to be "pretty much like it had been in Civil War times. You know, old heavy leather furniture in the lobby, with lots of potted plants, and big, high-ceilinged rooms with transoms over the doors."

Place: The Capri Theatre, 1045 East Fairview Avenue
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Info and Tickets: Call the Fitzgerald Museum at 334.264.4222 or the Capri at 334.262.4858.

 
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A Port 68 Design by Mark AbramsPlace in Art and Design: Influences from Home

May 1, 2015
Demopolis

As an event for the Smithsonian Exhibition, The Way We Worked, during its Spring 2015 stop at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum in Demopolis, acclaimed artists in writing, painting and design with attachments to the town talk about the influences of home on their work. Demopolis native Rusty Goldsmith, retired Rector of St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands of Birmingham, speaks about the impact of Demopolis on his sermons and essays appearing in The Sewanee Review. One of Goldsmith's essays recalls the days of the Lyon Hall c. 1850-53venerable Merchants Grocery in the building that now houses the Museum.

CCarolyn Goldsmith's artworks have been displayed in regional galleries such as the Monty Stabler Galleries (Birmingham), the Judith Proctor Gallery (Seaside, Florida), and the Bennett Galleries (Nashville). Her work has also been presented by Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute and the Huntsville Museum of Art. Mark Abrams of Demopolis is an ARTS Award winner and designer for Port 68, a home décor company specializing in table lamps, accent furniture, upholstered chairs, benches and home accessories. All will discuss the influence of home and place on the way they have worked.

This event is presented by the Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the Marengo County Historical Society, the Demopolis Public Library and the Southern Literary Trail as a feature of em>The Way We Worked exhibition with grant support by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Place: To be announced.
Date and Time: Friday, May 1, 2015 at time to be announced.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Museum at 334.289.0599 or the Library at 334.289.1595.

 
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Zelda and Scott FitzgeraldThe 21st Annual Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Gala

90 Years of "Gatsby"
May 2, 2015
Montgomery

IIn the Old Cloverdale home once occupied by America's iconic Jazz Age couple, the annual Fitzgerald Museum Gala salutes Zelda and Scott with revelry, food, dancing and music under a tent on the lawn and within the surroundings of a well-known American romance. Fine art and decorative objects by local artists are offered for silent auction. This year's Gala observes the 90th anniversary date of Fitzgerald's seminal 1920s novel, "The Great Gatsby." The ticketed event always proves to be a premiere social occasion for Trailfest celebrants and visitors.

Place: The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, 919 Felder Avenue, Montgomery
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Info and Tickets: Call the Museum at 334.264.4222.

 
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Courtesy, University of Alabama Press"Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood" by Ralph Voss

Presented with the Maysles Brothers film "With Love from Truman"
May 28, 2015
Montgomery

Author Ralph F. Voss was a high school junior in Plainville, Kansas, in November of 1959 when four members of the Herbert Clutter family were murdered in Holcomb, Kansas, by shotgun blasts from two unknown intruders. In his book and this special program, Truman Capote and the Legacy of "In Cold Blood," Voss examines Capote and his famous book about the murders from many perspectives: the crowning glory of Capote's career and its larger status in American popular culture. As depicted in many films including the Oscar-winning Capote, the investigations by Capote and Harper Lee in Kansas have assumed legendary status and become part of the story. For this event, co-sponsored by the Trail and the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Voss will also introduce the rarely-seen short Maysles documentary about Capote in 1966: With Love from Truman. Presented with grant support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Place: The Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery
Date and Time: Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 12 Noon
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Archives at 334.242.4435.

 
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