Literary Events

Friends of the Library has begun a new service to support and publicize the literary events and associated lectures offered to the public by Mercer University, Middle Georgia State College and Wesleyan University.

Each month these events will be updated and the public is encouraged to attend.

Please bookmark this page to keep up to date with literary events in Middle Georgia.

May 2015

Mercer University:

April 25, 2015

Mercer University’s Center for Southern Studies will award the 2015 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature to poet Yusef Komunyakaa. The prize honors significant career contributions to Southern writing in drama, fiction or poetry. The prize presentation will take place on Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m., in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center on the Macon campus. Professor Komunyakaa will read from his work and sign books.

Dr. David A. Davis, chair of the Lanier Prize Committee and associate professor of English at Mercer has been quoted as saying, “Over the course of his career, Yusef Komunyakaa has asked us to look at ourselves and recognize the pain, loss, and occasional beauty that we often overlook. His poems describe Vietnam, the South, and America in ways that illuminate the obscure and complicate the obvious. We are delighted to present the Lanier Prize to him.”

March 2014

Mercer University:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014; 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Anya Silver Poetry Reading
Anya will be reading from her new book of poetry, I Watched You Disappear (LSU Press, 2014). Books will be available for purchase and signing
Location:  Choir Rehearsal Room, McCorkle Music Building
Contact Person:  Anya Silver, 478-714-0671;  [email protected]

April 2014

Mercer University

April 2 – 3, 2014

A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas
This year’s A.V. Elliott Conference is on the subject of religious liberty. The Conference is hosted by Mercer’s McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles.

Opening Lecture:  Professor Witte’s lecture is titled, “Separation of Church and State in America: Facts, Fictions, and Challenges.”
Wednesday, April 2, 2014; 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Contact Person:  Will Jordan, (478) 301-2445
Location:  Medical School Auditorium

Closing Lecture: Ambassador Michael Novak’s lecture is titled: “What the Nature of God Must Be, To Demand Liberty of Conscience.”
Thursday, April 3, 2014; 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Complete conference schedule is shown at:

Saturday, April 12, 2014; 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature
Elizabeth Spencer will be presented the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature and will give a public reading.
Location:  President’s Dining Room  of the University Center
Contact Person:  Dr. David Davis  (478) 301-2358,  [email protected]
Additional information:

Saturday, April 19, 2014; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Native South Symposium.
Scholars will discuss the role of Native Americans in Southern history and culture.
Keynote lectures by Eric Anderson and Claudio Saunt and a reading by Janet McAdams. The symposium, sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council, is free and open to public.
Location: Medical School Auditorium
Contact Person:  Dr. David Davis  (478) 301-2358,  [email protected]

May 2014

Mercer University

  • May 18-24, 2014
    Mercer southern studies faculty will lead a journey through the South, experiencing the region’s people, places, history, literature, music, food, and art, May 18-24, 2014. We will spend two nights in New Orleans, the center of America’s Creole culture, the birthplace of jazz, and the South’s busiest port city. From there, we will visit the Mississippi Delta, the most southern place on earth. We will stay at the luxurious Alluvian Hotel and visit plantations, cotton fields, museums of delta culture, and famous restaurants. We will visit Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Mississippi, and spend a night in Memphis near Beale Street. In Memphis we will see sites for cotton, civil rights, and southern music. We will pass through Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis’s birthplace, and on our last night, we will visit Birmingham, the Magic City of the New South, where coal and steel created a boom town that changed the South.