The blog recently mentioned a new biography of Southern writer Flannery O’Connor. Another Southern short-fiction writer of the highest order was Eudora Welty, of Jackson, Mississippi, who died in 2001.
Welty’s 100th birdthday is coming up, and several events are scheduled in Jackson, Mississippi, and elsewhere. Following is a list of events to take place in Jackson; the list appears courtesy of Edward Guthman of SF Gate and The San Francisco Chronicle (March 29, 2009). If you are unable to travel to Jackson, revisit Welty’s short fiction, including “Petrified Man.”
— “Eudora Welty in New York.” Exhibition of photographs taken by Welty in Mississippi during the Great Depression. April 11 to July 5. Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 South Lamar St. (601) 960-1515, www.msmuseumart.org.
— Eudora Welty House Museum Birthday Celebration and Open House. April 13, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cake-cutting at 10 a.m. 1119 Pinehurst. (601) 353-7762 for reservations.
— “The Ponder Heart,” a play adapted from the Welty comic novella. April 14-26. New Stage Theatre, 1100 Carlisle St. (601) 948-3533, ext. 222 or e-mail email@example.com.
— Eudora Welty Society Centennial Conference and Celebration. Panels, discussions with authors and Welty scholars including Richard Ford, Ann Patchett, Alfred Uhry and Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs. April 16-19. Millsaps College, 1701 N. State St. www.eudoraweltysociety.org.
— Centennial Concert. Music by performers inspired by Welty’s fiction: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Claire Holley, Caroline Herring and Kate Campbell. April 17, 8 p.m. Belhaven Center for the Arts, 1500 Peachtree St. (601) 355-5252, www.ticketmaster.com.
— Eudora Welty Day. A day of activities at New Stage Theatre, including a panel discussion on adapting her work for the stage and a presentation by New Stage actors of never-performed sketches from “What Year Is This” by Welty. Exhibits will showcase Welty-related events at the theatre. April 18. www.newstagetheatre.com.