[percy-l] 2015 Walker Percy Weekend: Update and Event Offerings for June 5-7
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Here is current information on the event offerings scheduled for the
Walker Percy Weekend in St. Francisville, LA, to be held June 5-7,
2015. A limited number of tickets is now on sale.
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*THE LITERARY FESTIVAL CELEBRATING THE WRITER AND HIS WORKS
JUNE 5—7, 2015
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA
Lectures and Panel Discussions. The Twilight in the Ruins Cocktail
Party. The Progressive Front Porch Bourbon Tour. Individual tickets for
the signature events of the 2015 Walker Percy Weekend went on sale
today. At the time of sending fewer than 50 remained.
To get yours, visit **www.walkerpercyweekend.org**.*
The second annual Walker Percy Weekend celebrates the acclaimed
novelist’s life and work in unforgettable surroundings, June 5—7 in St.
Francisville. Intellectually serious but high-spirited, the festival
invites fans of Southern literature to pursue appreciation of Percy's
thought and writing while attending presentations by renowned scholars,
panel discussions, readings, tours to sites familiar to readings, and
social and culinary events inspired by the author's most famous works.
Events take place at locations around St. Francisville's historic district.
LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Renowned writers, thinkers, and teachers
gather to discuss the life and legacy of Walker Percy and related
writers. Panel topics include *"Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy:
Catholics in the Christ-Haunted South," "Walker Percy and David Foster
Wallace: Losing It at the Movies," "From /Gone With the Wind/ to /Garden
& Gun: /Walker Percy at the Crossroads of the Old South and the New,"*
and *"Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man: Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, and
the Southern Imagination."* For details visit www.walkerpercyweekend.org.
A TWILIGHT IN THE RUINScocktail party staged in the spectacular Ruins
Garden at Afton Villa Gardens—once the site of a Percy family home.
Featuring specialty drinks and fine hors d’oeuvres crafted by Heirloom
The return of the PROGRESSIVE FRONT-PORCH TOUR AND BOURBON
TASTINGinspired by Percy’s famous essay, “Bourbon, Neat.” The tour
visits notable homes around the Historic District, with a different
summer-weight bourbon-based refreshment served at each.
An authentic LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOILserved with a selection of regional
craft beers, presented by Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll of Hot Tails
Restaurant in New Roads. With music by Ben Bell & the Stardust Boys.
GUIDED TOURSto visit sites familiar to fans of Percy’s fiction:
Entergy’s River Bend Nuclear Plant and Louisiana State Penitentiary at
Angola (THE THANATOS SYNDROME), and a self-guided driving tour visiting
notable Percy family sites around the Felicianas.
And a chance to WIN A WEEKEND GETAWAYto the magnificent Southern Hotel
in Covington, LA, ranked among the South’s Best New Hotels for 2015 by
/Southern Living/ magazine.
Walker Percy (1916—1990) wrote novels that explored the “dislocation of
man in the modern age.” Most of his work was set in New Orleans and
around South Louisiana, including the semi-fictitious Feliciana, which
the author based upon West Feliciana and the other Florida parishes.
Percy’s debut novel, THE MOVIEGOER, won the National Book Award for
Fiction, and was included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Best
English language novels from 1923—2005. In later works, including LOVE
IN THE RUINS,THE LAST GENTLEMAN, and THE THANATOS SYNDROME, Percy
continued exploring the search for meaning in an increasingly
materialistic society via masterfully wrought tales delivered with a
poetic Southern sensibility and informed by the author’s deep Catholic
Festival proceeds support the JULIUS FREYHAN FOUNDATION—an organization
dedicated to restoring the historic Freyhan School building to serve as
a community and cultural center for West Feliciana Parish.
FOR SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION, VISIT
/* high-resolution photos available upon request. /
Painting information: George Rodrigue (1944-2013, Walker Percy, 1982,
oil on canvas, 40"x30", collection of the artist
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