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Parrish returns to Welty Writers' Symposium

Tim ParrishBaton Rouge native Tim Parrish will return for the 26th Annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium at Mississippi University for Women Oct. 23-25, 2014.

The Symposium theme, inspired by Eudora Welty's story "Kin," is "'Homesick for Somwhere': Displacement, Loss, and Longing in the South."

Parrish will read from his recent memoir “Fear and What Follows: The violent education of a Christian racist” and his new novel “The Jumper.” 

In “Fear and What Follows,” Parrish takes an unflinching look at his own bigoted upbringing in a newly desegregated South and his encounters with racial violence. In a starred review, Booklist called Parrish’s memoir “one of those books that, once read, is never forgotten.” 

“The Jumper,” follows the story of Jimmy Strawhorn, an orphaned, illiterate ranch hand in West Texas, who returns to Baton Rouge to find his father. There he discovers a complex family history and confronts his desire to jump from high places. Eric Miles Williamson, in awarding the George Garrett Prize for Fiction, noted “Parrish has written a novel of such force and magnitude that he's entered the constellation of American literary stars.”

Other authors who have been invited include Columbus author Deborah Johnson, whose novel “The Secret of Magic,” has also been selected as the W’s Common Reading Initiative book; Matthew Guinn, author of “The Resurrectionist”; Mary Miller, author of “The Last Days of California”; and poets John Bensko, author of “Visitations” and Amy Fleury, author of “Sympathetic Magic.”

Additional information about the Symposium, which is free and open to the public, can be found at www.muw.edu/welty or by contacting director Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg at (662) 329-7386.

The Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium is also on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter @WeltySymposium.

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