Southern Literary Festival, Day 1

Today was the first day of my Southern Literary Festival sojourn. My journey started when I woke up at 5:30 am. I was on the road by 6:45am and then in a different car and on my way to Mississippi by 8am. We (I’m traveling with my co-worker, Gloria, who drove the whole way here–Bless her!) were on the road for about seven hours as we traveled from North Georgia to Oxford, Mississippi, stopping once to eat at a Cracker Barrel (like any good Southern traveler does). For the last two hours of the trip, there was absolutely nothing. I mean not even a McDonalds. We took note of the tiny amount of civilization we saw which included: A Huddle House, a Dollar General, and a McDonalds listed on one of those “Food” exits signs, but couldn’t’ actually see the restaurant from the interstate. There was nothing but fields, scrawny pines, and bad paving for about 100 miles. Luckily, there was a Mississippi Welcome Center when we crossed the State Line, and good thing we stopped there, because there was NOTHING else.

The festival itself hasn’t really started, yet. There was registration, which they were closing down by the time we found the place, and a reception, where we ate about 3 grapes and a giant cube of turkey. Most of the festivities start tomorrow.

After the meager reception, Gloria and I explored the town square, ate at a spiffy soul-food restaurant called Ajax, and perused through Square Books (unfortunately there were way too many people for me to fell comfortable taking pictures inside the store).

Oxford, Mississippi is home to William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak. We will be going there Saturday. I’m looking forward to that bit.

So here are the pictures of my adventure so far:



3 thoughts on “Southern Literary Festival, Day 1

  1. Love the sights of Oxford. I graduated there in 2000, dual BA in English and Southern Studies. Be sure to enjoy a dinner at Proud Larry’s (I hope it’s still open). I don’t remember how long the festival goes, but Thursdays at Off-Square Books there’s the live broadcast with audience of Thacker Mountain Radio. If it has gotten too big, they might’ve moved it, so ask around about it. Although Faulkner and his wife were married in the Presbyterian church, he sometimes attended services at St. Peter’s Episcopal, too; Can’t remember if he also was confirmed in the church, too.

    1. Spiffy! I didn’t know that Faulkner was married in that church–happy coincidence that it was the one that stuck out to me enough for me to take a picture of–though the whole town was full of beautiful churches.

      They did do a Thacker Mountain Radio broadcast while I was there. It was hosted at the Lyric Theater just a block off the square. I didn’t get to go to the event, though.

      I didn’t eat at Proud Larry’s (nor sure I saw that particular restaurant), but I did have lots of food from different places on the square. None of them disappointed (and all were surprisingly cheap).

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