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Throughout the year, countless literary sites and cultural organizations celebrate the lives and legacies of Southern writers. Current information can be found at the following Web sites.


    

Georgia

The Lillian E. Smith Center, an educational center and artist retreat is in the North Georgia mountain home of Southern Literary Trail writer Lillian Smith:
http://www.piedmont.edu/lillian-smith-center


The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center near Blairsville, Georgia commemorates poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece as well as mid-twentieth century rural life in Appalachia:
https://reecefarm.org/exhibits/

The Wren's Nest serves as an educational resource, historic house museum, and community gathering place by preserving the works of Joel Chandler Harris and African-American folk tales:
http://www.wrensnest.org/visit_storyteller.php

Atlanta History Center's Margaret Mitchell House is the home of the acclaimed Gone With the Wind writer:
http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs

Moreland, Georgia is home to the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum:
https://www.facebook.com/southernlitfest
http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/4614-little-manse-erskine-caldwell-museum

Andalusia, the beloved home and farm of Flannery O'Connor in Milledgeville, preserves her legacy through numerous programs: http://andalusiafarm.org/coming-up/

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University preserves her legacy through a broad range of programming: http://www.mccullerscenter.org/

Savannah's Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is restored to depict life as the O'Connor family lived:
http://www.flanneryoconnorhome.org/2017-flannery-o-connor-birthday-par

The Caroline Miller House in Baxley preserves the home and celebrates the life and work of the first Georgian to win the Pulitzer Prize:
https://friendsofcarolinemiller.org/upcoming-events-2/

The Georgia Center for the Book supports libraries, literary programs, and literature and provides a range of programs throughout the year: http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/all.php

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is one of the five largest book festivals in the country and the largest independent book festival: https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/

The mission of the annual Savannah Book Festival is to celebrate the written word and its role in improving the human experience: http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

The performances of Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit often derive from great literature, particularly that of the South: http://www.theatricaloutfit.org/shows/current-season

The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta has premiered original productions by Southern writers and playwrights such as Alice Walker and Alfred Uhry: http://alliancetheatre.org/shows-events

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Alabama



The William Bradford Huie Library in his hometown of Hartselle and the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in nearby Decatur provide a range of engaging programs:
http://carnegiearts.org/2017/01/23/the-refuge-of-our-backyard/

The Alabama Department of Archives and History has permanent and rotating exhibits commemorating the state's heritage:
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/whatsnew/events.html

Montgomery's Fitzgerald Museum provides programs in the historic house museum that served as home to Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald: http://www.thefitzgeraldmuseum.org/events.html

Numerous events are held at historic Tuskegee University, the alma mater of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray: http://www.tuskegee.edu/libraries/legacy_museum.aspx

As home to both Harper Lee and Truman Capote, Monroeville is alive with literary events:
https://www.monroecountymuseum.org/
http://alabama.travel/road-trips/monroeville-the-to-kill-a-mockingbird-experience

Lillian Hellman's family hometown of Demopolis plays host to a range of programs at the Marengo County Historical Society:
http://www.marengocountyhistoricalsociety.com/events/

Organizations in Mobile host events commemorating a range of writers, including Mobile's own Eugene Walter, Albert Murray, and William March:
Mobile Public Library: http://www.mobilepubliclibrary.org
Historic Mobile Preservation Society: http://www.historicmobile.org/events
Mobile Arts Council: http://mobilearts.org/calendar/category/33

Each year, Old Alabama Town in Montgomery is home to the Alabama Book Festival: http://mobilearts.org/calendar/category/33

The Alabama Writers Forum supports the literary arts through numerous programs: http://www.writersforum.org/events/

Each year in Monroeville, Alabama writers and scholars gather for readings and performances at the Alabama Writers Symposium: https://www.facebook.com/alabamawriterssymposium/

Performances of The University of Alabama Theatre are often based on works of celebrated Southern writers: https://theatre.ua.edu/season/2016-2017/



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Mississippi



New Albany is the birthplace of William Faulkner and also celebrates the work of Borden Deal, who hailed from neighboring Pontotoc: Union County Heritage Museum http://ucheritagemuseum.com

The historic town of Columbus is the childhood home of Tennessee Williams and home to Mississippi University for Women, which Eudora Welty attended: /http://visitcolumbusms.org/index.php/upcoming_events
http://visitcolumbusms.org/index.php/upcoming_events/info/626#top

Mississippi State University Libraries in Starkville hosts the annual Ragtime Festival, which showcases the music and culture of Fitzgerald's era:
Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0H-lIdJyXA
Library Main Site: http://lib.msstate.edu/

Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner, as well as the annual Oxford Conference for the Book, can be found in Oxford: http://www.rowanoak.com/
Oxford Conference Site: https://oxfordconferenceforthebook.com/

Como was the home of novelist Stark Young, whose legacy is celebrated by the local First Regional Library: http://www.firstregional.org/como.html

Tennessee Williams spent many childhood days in Clarksdale, where sites connected to his life and works and an annual festival commemorate his legacy: http://www.clarksdale.com/
http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/
http://www.cutrermansion.com/

Greenville was home to Shelby Foote and his childhood friend Walker Percy, and the town and its public library commemorate both acclaimed writers: http://www.washington.lib.ms.us/
http://visitgreenville.org/

Various sites in Jackson commemorate the lives and works of Margaret Walker, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright:
Margaret Walker Center:"http://www.jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter/projects-and-programs/"
Eudora Welty House and Garden: "http://eudorawelty.org/news-events/"
Smith Robertson Museum http://www.jacksonms.gov/index.aspx?nid=143

Each year, the Natchez Literary and Cinema Festival celebrates the writing and film of the South: http://www.colin.edu/nlcc/

The annual Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson commemorates both classical and contemporary writers: http://msbookfestival.com/

Festivals throughout the country celebrate the legacy of Mississippi native Tennessee Williams:

New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival: http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/
Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis: https://www.twstl.org/
Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival: http://twptown.org/

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