Weekend Ticket: Literary seminar headlines weekend

Published 12:08 am Thursday, January 1, 2015

NATCHEZA literary seminar series this weekend will showcase a legendary writer who often used Natchez in her work.

Showers are expected throughout the weekend with temperatures getting as low as 33 degrees Sunday.

Literary seminar series on Eudora Welty

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Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty will be honored from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at George W. Armstrong Library in “Saluting Eudora Welty,” part four of a free series of monthly seminars known as “The Power of Place: The Natchez Impact of Five Extraordinary Authors.”

The seminar will include a screening of a Mississippi Public Broadcasting film about Welty’s life and work and comments about Welty’s story, “A Work Path,” which is set in Natchez.

“We are going to explore Eudora Welty’s work, particularly that was influenced by Natchez and the Natchez Trace,” said founder and co-chairperson of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration Carolyn Vance Smith. “She used our town and the Natchez Trace up to Jackson for quite a few stories.

“For her to choose Natchez as the site for much of her works was amazing.”

Natchez residents Lizzie Davis, Jan Byrne, Wade Heatherly and Susannah Heatherly will present a dramatic reading of “A Worn Path.”

Bridget Smith Pieschel, professor of English at Mississippi University for Women, will be a featured speaker Saturday.

All sessions will lead up to the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration in February, which will use the theme, “Bigger Than Life: Extraordinary Mississippians.”

The event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments provided by library director Pam Plummer.

Armstrong Library is located on 220 S. Commerce St. in downtown Natchez.