2017 Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30pm

  • Daniel Wallace — Extraordinary Adventures  
  • Reception and Book Signing with all symposium authors

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Friday, Oct. 20, 9am – 12pm

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Friday, Oct. 20 1:30 – 4:00pm

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Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:30-12:30pm

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Daniel Wallace Returns

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.

Thanks for a Great Symposium... See You Next Year!

Thanks to all who made the 28th Annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium a success!

Thank you to the Robert M. Hearin Foundation, Dr. Borsig, Dr. Richardson, the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy, the Department of Music, University Relations, Resources Management, Sodexo, the MUW Foundation, the MUW Book End, our authors, our audience, and everyone else involved.

Photos of this year's Symposium by Chris Jenkins

Video of Welty Prize Winner, Patricia Boyett by Steve Yates


See You Next Year, October 19-21, 2017