Celebrate Oxford's Literary Roots

Sonia Thompson

William Faulkner's Rowan Oak, photographed by Erin Austen Abbott

William Faulkner wrote, “I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.” Oxford celebrates its Nobel Prize laureate during two weeks this October with two different events.

William Faulkner's Rowan Oak, photographed by Erin Austen Abbott

This week, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosts "A Literary Bit of Faulkner: A weekend of Words and Whiskey." The event kicks off with the annual Bitters & Bites Cocktail Class: The Literary Edition on Thursday, October 10. On Friday, October 11, there is a flash writing contest where participants are tasked with producing a short piece of work using their Faulkner-related topic. Participants can take an exclusive tour of the new Rare Square Books with Richard Howorth and see first edition Faulkner books. The event also features a Faulkner graveside toast, a pipe class with Spring Street Cigars, a High Cotton bourbon class, a Faulkner scavenger hunt and the 70th anniversary screening of "Intruder in the Dust." Visit the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council website for a full schedule of events.

Rowan Oak glows during the annual Harvest Supper, a benefit for the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses. Participants enjoy dinner and music on the grounds of Faulkner's home.

Next week, on Thursday, October 17, the Friends of the University of Mississippi Museum host the annual Harvest Supper on the grounds of Rowan Oak. A fundraiser for the museum and historic houses, guests will dine under the stars and beneath the cedar trees for an evening that connects Ole Miss alumni, Oxford residents, and out-of-town guests with artists, writers, and musicians for dinner and musical entertainment. Visit the UM Museum website for more information.

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