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Wednesday's Table Talk to preview Welty Symposium

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Mississippi University for Women join forces on Sept. 21 to preview MUW''s upcoming Eudora Welty Writers'' Symposium. The theme of the 2011 symposium, "Crossing Cultures in the South: ''into the lovely room full of strangers,''" is inspired by Eudora Welty''s short story "The Bride of Innisfallen." 

 

Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg, who has directed poetry and fiction workshops at MUW since 1994 and is the director of Creative Writing at MUW, is well-placed to discuss the event which presents the varied works of 12 distinguished authors. 

 

The Table Talk program also spotlights Dr. Michael F. Smith, MUW associate professor of English and author of the 2011 novella "The Hands of Strangers." Smith, one of the Welty Symposium authors, will read from his work.  

 

The Oct. 20-22 program at MUW features novelists, poets, and short-story writers who hail not only from the South, but writers who have come to the South from places as diverse as India, China and Nigeria.  

 

"These writers are putting down roots here, experiencing Southern culture, and in turn, influencing us," related Friends board member Jo Shumake. 

 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea. 

 

Table Talk will be presented each Wednesday in September at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information on the series, contact the Friends at book.talk@hotmail.com

 

 

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