Program of the 29th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2017

The theme for this year's symposium is "'So the incident became a story': Tales and Truths Around the South," which is inspired by Eudora Welty’s story "The Hitch-Hikers" from her collection, A Curtain of Green.

The names below are the list of authors for this year, including when available, links to author websites where you can learn a little more about this year's line-up. Don't forget that we will be selling books at Welty Book Table during the symposium.

Author of Extraorinary Adventures

Daniel Wallace returns as the keynote author, 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.

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." 

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.

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