William Carey University professor Lorie Watkins Massey will participate in a panel titled “William Faulkner, His Life and Writings” at the Mississippi Book Festival. The panel discussion will be held at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, August 20 in the State Capitol, room 201H.
The annual book festival, a self-described “literary lawn party” held on the grounds of the state capitol, is free and open to the public. It features live music, children’s activities, and vendors in addition to literary panels. More information and the full schedule are available at http://msbookfestival.com.
Massey is the author of “William Faulkner, Gavin Stevens, and the Cavalier Tradition” published in 2011. She has also published essays in The Faulkner Journal, The Hemingway Review, Southern Studies, African American Review, The Mississippi Quarterly, The Southern Literary Journal, and Modern Philology.
In addition to Massey, the panel will include:
- James Thomas (moderator), editor of “Conversations with Barry Hannah,” and “Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas”
- Robert Hamblin, author of “Myself and the World: A Biography of W. Faulkner”
- Jay Watson, editor of “Fifty Years After Faulkner” and “Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas”
- M. Thomas Inge, author of “The Dixie Limited: Writers on William Faulkner”
Massey is an associate professor of language and literature at William Carey University, where she has taught since 2008. Her research interests include Southern literature, African American literature, literary tourism, and American modernism. She is currently editing a volume on Mississippi’s literary history for the University Press of Mississippi.