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February 11, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Eudora Welty  Education and Visitors Center. Reception and Book Signing. Welty scholar Pearl McHaney will sign copies of her book A Tyrannous Eye: Eudora Welty’s Nonfiction and Photographs. Books will be available for purchase. This event is co-sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation, Millsaps College, Book Friends of the University Press of Mississippi, and the Jackson Friends of the Library. This program is made possible by support from the Mississippi Humanities Council. For more information call 601-353-7762. 


February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Eudora Welty House and Garden.  Welty Scholar-in-Residence Suzanne Marrs and retired professor of English Austin Wilson, both of Millsaps College, will lead this annual workshop and compare Eudora Welty’s “The Wanderers” and James Joyce’s “The Dead.” For more information call 601-353-7762 or email

“The Wanderers” provides the magnificent conclusion to The Golden Apples, the story cycle many regard as Eudora Welty’s masterpiece. This year’s continuing education workshop will focus on this story in comparison to James Joyce’s “The Dead,” one of his best-known and most acclaimed works. Participants should read both stories to prepare for the discussion-based workshop, led by Millsaps College faculty members Dr. Suzanne Marrs and Dr. Austin Wilson.

Suzanne Marrs is the editor of the recently published What There is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell and is the author of two highly regarded books, One Writer’s Imagination: The Fiction of Eudora Welty, and Eudora Welty, A Biography.  She has received the Phoenix Award for Distinguished Welty Scholarship from the Eudora Welty Society and the Distinguished Professor Award from Millsaps College, where she is Professor of English and Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence.

Austin Wilson received his Ph. D. from the University of South Carolina, where he studied creative writing under James Dickey and George Garrett. His poetry and fiction have appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies. In 2009 he retired after a thirty-three year career of teaching English at Millsaps College. Since his retirement from teaching, he received a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission and residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Hambidge Center.

Free tours of the Welty House will be held at 3:30 pm for those who have not seen the house or who wish to visit again.



March 05, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center. Sister Act: Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty. In honor of Margaret Walker’s centennial, author Carolyn Brown will discuss the personal and literary relationships between Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty. Brown’s recent publications include Song of My Heart; a Biography of Margaret Walker and Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty. This presentation is in collaboration with the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University. For more information call 601-353-7762.