Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Franklin/Fennelly: River City Writers

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:02 AM

He was in town recently in a joint signing (with author Laura Lippman) for his latest novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. He'll be in town again today, October 20th, and this time he'll be joined by his writer wife.

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 or call 901-678-4692.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tom Franklin, Zombies, etc.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

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:

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