Authors To Sign New Book on Welty Garden Oct. 6

Fall color will be on display at the Eudora Welty House garden when authors Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown and photographer Langdon Clay sign copies of their new book One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place on Thursday, October 6, from noon to 3 p.m.

Part garden guide, part history, and part biography, One Writer’s Garden follows the garden through the seasons using historical photographs, letters, journals, and other documents to examine the development of the garden and Welty’s relationship to it from the 1920s to the post-war years.

Although Welty frequently referred to it as “my mother’s garden,” the book sheds new light on the importance of gardening and the natural world in Welty’s life and writing.

“A lot of people didn’t believe that the garden meant as much to Eudora as it did to her mother,” said garden historian Susan Haltom. “But that changed for me when I found a draft in her unpublished papers where she talks about discovering the storyteller’s point of view while watching a young man prune roses in the garden.” That episode was the inspiration for her short story “A Curtain of Green.”

Copies of the book will be available for $35 plus tax. Three favorite heirloom Camellia japonica varieties found in the garden will also be available for purchase. Grown in a specialty camellia nursery, each three-gallon shrub is $25 plus tax. Advance purchase is recommended. To reserve a camellia, call 601-353-7762.

The Eudora Welty House is located at 1119 Pinehurst Street in Jackson. Tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. by reservation. The Education and Visitors Center, next door to the Welty House, is open free of charge Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center features exhibits on the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a reading room, and a gift shop. For more information contact the Eudora Welty House at 601-353-7762 or info@eudoraweltyhouse.com.

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