[percy-l] PRESS RELEASE: The Walker Percy Project Celebrates the Percy Centennial (1916–2016) on May 28 with a new Website

Henry P. Mills wppdirector at gmail.com
Sat May 28 07:49:31 EDT 2016

Dear Percy-L:

I am pleased to share with you the below Press Release and the attached 
PDF flyer about the new launch of The Walker Percy Project website for 
the Percy Centennial.  Please do forward both items to others, and visit 
the redesigned website. After 20 years, the website has come a long way!

The board and I appreciate greatly your participation in the Percy-L 
community, and look forward to many more interesting group conversations 
in the future - - if not another Slow Reading Group discussion of a 
Percy novel this summer in celebration of the Centennial.

With thanksgiving to the wonderful legacy he has left to us all, happy 
100th birthday to Walker Percy, today, May 28, 2016.

Best Percy regards,

Henry Mills, Director & Editor
The Walker Percy Project



May 28, 2016

*Literary Website Celebrates Walker Percy Centennial (1916**–**2016) on 
May 28
*/The Walker Percy Project launches mission to provide access to the 
author//'s work for all audiences./

Asheville, N.C., May 28 -- *Walker Percy (1916**–1990)*, the acclaimed 
late-20th century novelist and philosopher, published six novels and 
three nonfiction books, as well as many social commentaries. His first 
novel, /The Moviegoer/, *won the National Book Award in 1962*. The 100th 
anniversary of his birth arrives Saturday, May 28, 2016, and numerous 
regional events are being held in honor of the Percy Centennial, notably:

·Dedication of the "Walker Percy Serenity Circle" -- featuring a 
life-sized sculpture of Percy -- and Reading Room at the St. Tammany 
Parish Library in Madisonville, La.

·Publication of the new essay collection, /Walker Percy//'s The 
Moviegoer at Fifty/, by LSU Press

·A special 3-day "Walker Percy Weekend" festival in St. Francisville, 
La. (June 3-5)

·Publication of a book of previously unreleased photographs: /Walker 
Percy: Daylight and Dark/

·The Conference on Christianity & Literature, Southeast Region, on the 
Walker Percy Centennial

·Ongoing programs at the Walker Percy Center for Writing + Publishing, 
Loyola University, New Orleans

·The launch of The Walker Percy Project website and its expanded 
educational resources and services

Details about these Centennial events -- and much more -- *are 
accessible on* *The Walker Percy Project interactive website at 
<www.ibiblio.org/wpercy>.* The Ibiblio Network of The University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill (whose libraries house the "Walker Percy 
Papers") hosts the online resource, although the website is not formally 
affiliated with the university.

The Project is officially launching its website, *a non-profit 
educational resource*, in time to coincide with the Centennial. The 
Project's volunteer director Henry P. Mills says,

"/The exciting aspect of the website is that it combines *the best 
features of an encyclopedia with the ongoing activities of a 
conference*. Visitors -- from curious readers to serious scholars -- can 
actively engage in ideas and discussions related to Walker Percy./"//

As *a free clearinghouse of centralized resources on the author**'s work 
and life, *the website provides visitors with opportunities**for 
personal sharing and collaboration through discussion forums, as well as 
access to wide-ranging materials, including:

·Current news on public and scholarly activities and publications 
related to Walker Percy

·Remembrances and Memorials from Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, and Robert 
Coles, M.D.

·Critical essays for novice and advanced readers from Percy biographers 
and literary scholars

·Multimedia, including video and photograph galleries

·Book descriptions for books on and by Walker Percy

·Interactive features, such as Exhibits, Quizzes, and Curated web links

·Bibliographies and archive collections

·Educational resources and student projects

With the tagline "/Access, Community, Discovery/," *The Walker Percy 
Project encourages active exploration into Percy’s writings, life, and 
thought*. Through its integration with an email-based interest group 
(the Percy-L listserv), the website lets readers and students 
participate in discussions and research. Mark Bloom, president of The 
Walker Percy Project, offers,

//"/The in-depth resources I discovered on the website greatly expanded 
my appreciation for Percy as a writer, so much so I felt compelled to 
get involved to learn more about him and help the Project grow./"//

*The Walker Percy Project website has received recognition* *from 
influential publications* such as: /New Orleans Magazine, 
Times-Picayune,/ /Austin American-Statesman/, /Texas Monthly/, /The 
Southern Quarterly/, /Modern Language Association/, and /The Southern 
Register/. The Project is dedicated to the memory of Dewey Winburne 
<http://ibiblio.org/wpercy/about-project/winburne.html> and John R. May 
<http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/percy-l/2014-January/001855.html> for 
their early support and enduring displays of community leadership, 
humility, and compassion toward others as educators. In turn, the 
Project continues its mission to keep Walker Percy's work and critical 
thought on the "human predicament" and his concern with our 
"displacement in the modern world" in the mainstream.

For more information on this story, please contact Henry P. Mills, the 
volunteer director and editor of The Walker Percy Project, at 
<wppdirector at gmail.com>. Please refer to the Project’s website at 

CONTACT: Henry P. Mills, Director

The Walker Percy Project

wppdirector at gmail.com (email)
www.ibiblio.org/wpercy (web)

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