Gateway to the Delta Festival

I’m absolutely delighted to be appearing at the 3rd annual Gateway to the Delta Festival this weekend in Charleston, MS. With art, a barbecue contest, and words and music from around the state — including such legends as Cedric Burnside and Otis “TCB” Taylor, and the newly-formed drumming-and-storytelling ensemble Djaliya — it’s going to be one hell of a good time. From the description by the SonEdna Foundation, one of the festival’s sponsors:

Every hour on the hour, SonEdna will be presenting Mississippi writers who will read from their work, engage in Q&A conversations with the audience, and sign copies of their books, which will be for sale. Between readings, you can mill around the square listening to great music, tasting great food, and perusing art, jewelry, and gifts available by local artisans.

The full lineup for the literary stage is here; the full lineup for the musical stages (including a battle of the bands!) is here; and the most up-to-date information about the festival is on their Facebook page. Hope to see any and all of y’all out on the courthouse square. For those not blessed to be from Mississippi, who may be wondering what TCB means, there’s a certain native son you might want to ask

The Oil Road at the New Orleans Review

The New Orleans Review has just published an interview with James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello of Platform, about their recent book The Oil Road, and their upcoming visit to New Orleans. They’ll be in town next weekend, Thursday and Friday nights, with appearances at Maple Street Book Shop and Loyola University. More details are on the NOR site and Platform. From the interview:

James Marriott: I’m a firm believer that part of the way change comes is by making the world encompassable in stories.

Empty Bowls at Main Street Books

For those in the Hattiesburg area, good friends Main Street Books are sponsoring a fundraiser on October 12th for hunger advocacy, partnered with Edwards Street Fellowship Center. From the organizers:

Empty Bowls is a community project to raise money for local hunger prevention efforts. For $20 you choose from a bowl created by local potters, community members, and students. These bowls are unique and a great keepsake! You then fill the bowl with soup donated by local restaurants. The meal also includes bread, beverage, and dessert.

A worthy effort for a worthwhile cause — contact Diane at Main Street Books for more information.

International Journal of Intangible Heritage

I’m honored to say that a new scholarly article, based on the research undertaken last year at IASH in Edinburgh, has now been published by the International Journal of Intangible Heritage. Based in South Korea, the IJIH is a key journal for scholars interested in the issues, case studies, and policies regarding intangible cultural heritage, and regularly features current debates and questions in the field.

This research, on the Scottish haar, will hopefully be of use to researchers interested in a variety of topics — the cultural/natural synthesis, ephemerality, and place-based approaches to heritage. I’m glad to say that none of the articles are behind a paywall — they’re all available to the public for download.