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The Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium is held each October in honor of The W's most famous alumna. A diverse group of Southern writers and scholars are invited to present their work. A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize for an unpublished book of scholarship.

All Symposium events will be held on the MUW campus and are free and open to the public. The Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation.

dwallace articleCelebrated novelist Daniel Wallace returns as the keynote author of the 29th annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, Oct. 19-21, reading from his sixth novel, Extraordinary Adventures. Wallace is known for his bestselling novel Big Fish, which was adapted as a hit movie and a Broadway musical. In it Wallace firmly established himself as the master of the tall tale. Other novels by Daniel Wallace include Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam.

In Extraordinary Adventures, unassuming junior executive shipping clerk Edsel Bronfman of Birmingham, Ala., wins a weekend getaway to Destin Florida, but must bring along a wife or girlfriend to claim his prize. Having neither, he sets out to find someone, which leads to extraordinary adventures that the New York Times declares are “as refreshing and original as his earlier books,” and Garden and Gun calls "a rollicking crash course in loving—and in living a little."

Wallace will starts off the symposium with his reading in Poindexter Hall's Connie Sills Kossen auditorium on Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a book signing with all symposium authors. See our program for updated information on each author.


 

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