He is Tom Franklin; she is poet Beth Ann Fennelly (pictured); and both teach at the University of Mississippi. For a joint interview with the writers, be inside Room 456 in Patterson Hall at 10:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Fennelly will also give a poetry workshop at 2:30 p.m., while Franklin conducts a fiction workshop at the same time — both events inside Patterson.
This evening, Fennelly and Franklin will read from their works in the U of M's University Center River Room. Time: 8 p.m.
All River City Writers Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-678-4692.
You're stumped: How to get that novel of yours going? How to draw from personal experience? Maybe: how to turn a short story into a novel?
Tom Franklin, who teaches in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, has a few words on these matters, on the occasion of his just-released Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (William Morrow), a Mississippi-set novel that is already getting great press and great book-industry recognition (here; here).
He's reading from and signing copies of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter tonight, Thursday, October 7th, 6 p.m. at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis, in a joint reading with his friend, the multiple-award-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman (her latest: I'd Know You Anywhere, also from Morrow).
But as for that matter: getting things going. To begin: