September Table Talks focus on literature, Southern culture

September 1, 2012 7:19:35 PM



The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Tennessee Williams Tribute again join forces to kick off the September Table Talk series. This season's opening presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 5, features renowned Tennessee Williams scholar, Dr. Kenneth Holditch. 


A longtime resident of New Orleans and a native of Mississippi, Dr. Holditch boasts many accolades in literary circles. He is the founding editor of the "Tennessee Williams Journal," co-editor of the Library of America two-volume edition of Williams' writings, and the co-author of the insightful study, "Tennessee Williams and the South."  


"Like Williams, Dr. Holditch has had a passion to share his insights, a passion that has inspired an extraordinary career as an educator, editor, author and historian," noted David Kaplan, founder of the Provincetown, Mass., Tennessee Williams Performance Festival. "His talks at the University of New Orleans on Williams, Faulkner and Welty are legendary." 


"Born in Mississippi, Dr. Holditch knows in his bones, as did Williams, the way the land and its people shape the imagination, speech and moral code of those who come from there," added Kaplan. 


"We're in for a fascinating presentation, and we hope everyone will join us for this incisive discussion of America's greatest playwright," said Friends member Jo Shumake. 




More in September 


The Table Talk series also includes: 


  • Sept. 12 - Neil White, publisher, journalist and playwright, discusses his acclaimed work, "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts," which details the time he spent in the last U.S. leper colony in Carville, La. 


  • Sept. 19 - Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi professor of history and general editor of the "Encyclopedia of Southern Culture," reflects on Southern creativity in the arts, music and literature. 


  • Sept. 26 - Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg, Mississippi University for Women professor of English, previews the speakers at the upcoming Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium set for Oct. 18-20.  


    Table Talks are held at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. 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. 


    For more information on the September Table Talk series, contact the Friends at [email protected]