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Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium

The Mississippi University for Women's 32nd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will take place on October 22-24, 2020. Held in honor of its most famous alumna, The "W" invites a diverse group of Southern writers and scholars to present their work. This year's sessions will be livestreamed at For more information, visit

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Blacktop Wasteland

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

A New York Times Notable Books of 2020

"Narrator Adam Lazarre-White's voice exudes confidence and depth; his performance is an example of how the best audiobooks deliver pure storytelling." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

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The Everlasting

A Novel

By Katy Simpson Smith
Narrated by: January LaVoy, Jeremy Arthur, Graham Halstead, Bahni Turpin & Caitlin Kelly
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

"Only Katy Simpson Smith could have written a novel of such elegance, emotional power, and grace. The Everlasting, a quadruple love story spanning two millennia, is no less than the story of love itself—its frustrations and thrills, its blunders and transcendent glories. Meraviglioso."—Nathaniel Rich, author of King Zeno

From a supremely talented... Read more »

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By Michael Farris Smith
Narrated by: Mike McColl
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes

In this timeless, mythical tale of unforgiving justice and elusive grace, rural Mississippi townsfolk shoulder the pain of generations as something dangerous lurks in the enigmatic kudzu of the woods.
The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's... Read more »

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Memorial Drive

A Daughter's Memoir

By Natasha Trethewey
Narrated by: Natasha Trethewey
Length: 5 hours 9 minutes

Memorial Drive

“This is one of those "I'm changed forever" books and having the author, poet Natasha Trethewey read it makes it reverberate in the soul even more. The writing of this memoir is exquisite and the construction of the prose is perfect. The heartbreak and honesty of the author will stay with me. I can't wait to hear back from those I've recommended it to, they're in for a special experience.”

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The Big Door Prize

By M. O. Walsh
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

The Big Door Prize

“M.O. Walsh weaves quintessential Southern charm into a quirky scenario to produce The Big Door Prize, a novel that left me curious about the parts of myself I have yet to discover. You’ll recognize the characters as your own next-door neighbors while being challenged to imagine the possibilities lying just past the periphery of a comfortably crafted trajectory. The novel questions what measures a life well-lived and answers with an entertaining tale of a grand machine in a modest town. Maybe potential is immeasurable. Perhaps that is exactly what gives us all hope.”

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