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August 14, 2014

NATCHEZ - “The Power of Place: The Natchez Impact on Five Extraordinary Authors” will explore Mississippi authors who are tightly connected to Natchez as reflected in their literary work. The series of five free literary seminars beginning in September will serve as a prologue to the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration entitled “Bigger Than Life: Extraordinary Mississippians.” The authors to be saluted, seminar dates, and suggested readings for the seminars are:

·        “Saluting Richard Wright.” September 6, 2014 (two days after his 106th birthday). Much of his work reflects memories of Natchez, particularly Black Boy, Native Son, The Long Dream, and his short fiction, including “Almos’ a Man,” set on a farm near Natchez, which will be suggested reading.

·       “Saluting Greg Iles.” October 4, 2014. Iles is author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels, including the Natchez Mayor Penn Cage series, The Quiet Game, Turning Pages, The Devil’s Punchbowl, and his most recent, Natchez Burning, which will be suggested reading.

·       “Saluting Ellen Douglas.” November 1, 2014. Born in Natchez in 1921, she was a frequent visitor to Natchez her entire life. Many of her books and stories are set in Natchez, including her autobiographical, nonfiction book published in 1998, Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell, which will be suggested reading.

·       “Saluting Eudora Welty.”  January 3, 2015. Many of her stories were set in and near Natchez, including “Old Mr. Marblehall” and “A Worn Path,” which will be suggested reading.

·       “Saluting William Johnson.” February 7, 2015 Born a slave in Natchez in 1809, Johnson became a successful businessman, barber, and farmer. Johnson’s biography, The Barber of Natchez, by Edwin Adams Davis and William Ransom Hogan, was published in 1973 and will be suggested reading. Free guided tours of the William Johnson House will be offered to attendees.

Each seminar will focus on both the author’s life and writings with discussions led by scholars, family members, and friends of the author. Enhancing the sessions will be films, dramatic readings, handouts, a question-and-answer period, free refreshments, and a tour of the William Johnson House.

 

A discussion of the approach of two major milestones in the history of Natchez and the State of Mississippi resulted in the idea of the seminar series. Natchez is quickly approaching its Tri-centennial Anniversary in 2016, and the State of Mississippi will follow with its Bi-centennial Anniversary in 2017. Since Natchez was the first capital of the Mississippi Territory and the first capital of the State of Mississippi, the history of both Natchez and the state are closely intertwined. “We chose five extraordinary Mississippi authors to salute,” said Carolyn Vance Smith of Copiah Lincoln Community College, founder of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Festival. “Hundreds of authors have incorporated the history and inspiration of Natchez in their works.”

 

The seminars will take place from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of the months of September, October, and November, 2014, and January and February, 2015, in the newly remodeled meeting room of the Judge George W. Armstrong Public Library in downtown Natchez. Information is available at www.colin.edu/nlcc, by calling 601-446-1289, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Up to 1.5 Continuing Education Units will be available through Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

 

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Enjoy Natchez AND the 2014 Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration!

Register through Road Scholar, Boston, Mass., the world's leading not-for-profit educational travel program.

Road Scholar has been an NLCC partner for many years.

You won't find a better value.

Included in the Road Scholar program, with prices beginning at $798 per person, double occupancy, are many treats:

5 Nights of accommodations at the modern Natchez Grand Hotel in downtown Natchez,
Nights of Tue.-Sat., Feb. 18-22, 2014
14 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, some in sumptuous mansions
Special seating for expert-led lectures during the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration
Tickets for all ticketed events
Field trips to mansions, historic sites, and historic churches
Receptions, book signings, exhibits
Musical performances
Screenings of films with discussion sessions
NOTE: Walking up to one mile per day

Plus, you'll help celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the conference at a festive reception overlooking the Mississippi River.

Use one of these easy ways to register:

Call 877-426-8056

Go to www.roadscholar.org
Go to the box at top right of page.
Type in program # 20379. Click "Go."
At right column, click "02/18/2014."
At bottom, click "Enroll here."

 

22nd Annual

 

Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

Natchez, Mississippi


February 24-27, 2011

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2011 Downloadable Brochure (PDF)

Enjoy Natchez AND The 2013 Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration!

Register through Road Scholar, Boston, Mass., the world’s leading not-for-profit educational travel program.
Road Scholar has been an NLCC partner for many years.

You won't find a better value.

Included in the Road Scholar program cost of $748 per person, double occupancy,
or $1046, single occupancy, are many treats:

 

  • 5 Nights of accommodations at the modern Natchez Grand Hotel in downtown Natchez,
  • nights of Wed.-Sun., Feb. 20-24, 2013
  • 14 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, some in sumptuous mansions
  • Special seating for expert-led lectures during the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration
  • Tickets for all ticketed events
  • Field trips to mansions, historic sites, and a historic church
  • Receptions, book signings, exhibits
  • Musical performances
  • Screenings of three films with discussion sessions

NOTE: Walking up to one mile per day

 

Plus, you’ll have coveted private time with conference speakers
at a luncheon in the mansion Magnolia Hall.

 

And, you’ll enjoy a sunset celebration overlooking the Mississippi River
at the mansion The Briars and Briarvue.

 

Use one of these easy ways to register:

  • Call 800-454-5768.
  • Go to www.roadscholar.org
  •  
  • Go to the box at top right of page.
  • Type in program # 20379. Click “Go.”
  • At right column, click “Feb. 20-25, 2013.”
  • At bottom, click “Enroll here.”

 



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