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 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.
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.
Pelican Bomb has a review up of Jacqueline Bishop’s recent work; of additional interest is her forthcoming piece in Rebecca Snedeker and Rebecca Solnit’s upcoming Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas — out in November of this year.
The YMCA New Orleans is holding a 5k for literacy, here in New Orleans on November 17. Details here. See you at the starting line.