Like a beloved shortened novel, Southern Lit Alliance’s literary arts festival SouthWord Abridged is a two-day event packed with literary treasures in Southern literature. The event will be held virtually on Nov. 5 and 6 with a kick off on Friday night and a full day of panels and speakers on Saturday. The event will be held on Zoom.
The virtual keynote speaker is Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner. Friday, Nov. 5 kick-off session will feature John Shelton Reed discussing his new book On Barbeque, a history of barbeque in the South and its impact on culture. Authors speaking on Nov.
6 include Richard Bausch and George Singleton. A virtual panel on the topic of Southern literature includes Steve Yarbrough and Michel Stone, Finally, a panel discussing book publishing will feature insights from Mr. Singleton, Daniel Wallace and UTC Professor Karen Babine.
The event is free, but registration is required and can be completed at www.southernlitalliance.org
. Donations are encouraged.