The Annual FocusLit Fundraiser Will Be June 1

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Jill McCorkle
Jill McCorkle
- photo by Tom Rankin

Southern Lit Alliance is bringing back the FocusLit fundraiser as they work to encourage engaged and passionate readers and writers with their literary festivals, author lectures, writing contests for grades K-12, writing workshops, and writing groups in area jails.   

This year’s fundraiser will be held on June 1 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, and will be a double feature, as New York Times bestselling author Jill McCorkle is interviewed by author Lee Smith.  The two will discuss McCorkle’s novel Hieroglyphics.  Lee Smith is the author of Blue Marlin, The Last Girls, and seven other novels; she’s won multiple awards, including the Lifetime Literary Achievement Award from the state of Virginia. 

The event will include a pick-up meal from Public House Restaurant.  Regular tickets are $65 per person, and include the virtual interview at 6:30 on Zoom, and a meal from Public House.  The VIP tickets are $85 per person, and includes the virtual interview, the meal from Public House, a specialty cocktail from Public House, and a signed copy of the novel Hieroglyphics. 

As a bonus, book clubs or groups that purchase the most tickets will win a rooftop wine and cheese reception hosted by Southern Lit Alliance. 

Please visit https://www.southernlitalliance.org/focuslit-2021 for more information and to register for this fundraiser that will help support the creative arts in Chattanooga. 


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