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 Sanctuaries of Segregation: The Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign

winner of the 2017 Eudora Welty Prize

Carter Dalton Lyon chairs the History Department at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His Eudora Welty Prize-winning book, Sanctuaries of Segregation: the Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign, studies an important milestone in the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi’s state capital, where a sustained campaign was mounted in 1963-64. He explores its history, the attempts at interracial dialogue it inspired, and the efforts to stop the campaign by the state and the Citizen's Council, including forty arrests.

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