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Starkvilleâs Friends of the Library will present its ongoing series, Books and Authors, at noon today at the Starkville Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.
This month features Suzanne Marrsâ âWhat There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell,â chronicling the friendship between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Welty and Maxwell, her editor at âThe New Yorkerâ magazine through 50 years of correspondence.
Welty herself wrote, âAll letters, old and new, are the still-existing parts of a life.â
Reading the letters between these two friends and remarkable fiction writers brings Welty and Maxwell to life for readers.
Marrs said she always looks forward to speaking at the Starkville Public Library.
âAudiences there are well-informed, ask good questions and offer interesting comments,â Marrs said.Â âReading and writing are mostly done in silence and in private, but as readers and writers we long to discuss the literary experiences we have had. Thank goodness libraries provide us with opportunities to do so.â
Marrs said Welty and Maxwell were two magnificent fiction writers who were also friends.
âFor more than 50 years, theyÂ wrote letters to each other, sharing their worries about work and family; their likes and dislikes; their griefs and joys; their moments of despair and hilarity,â Marrs said.Â âI was privileged to edit these letters, and I want to share some of the insights, the comic anecdotes, the editorial advice and the reading recommendations I discovered in them.â
Friends of the Starkville Library Publicity Committee member Page Leftwich said the Books and Authors program takes place each school year.
âWe feature six Mississippi authors â one each month, September through March, except December,â Leftwich said. âIn January, we are very excited to welcome Suzanne Marrs from JacksonÂ to talk aboutÂ her new book.â
Brenda Harden, chairman of the Books and Authors Program and Friends of the Starkville Library board member, said the group is thrilled for the opportunity to host Marrs.
âWe hope to have a great turnout to hear Suzanne Marrs speak on Thursday,â Harden said. âShe is an authority on the life of Eudora Welty, and we are fortunate to have her come to the library.â
Marrs is currently the Welty Foundation Scholar in Residence at Millsaps College in Jackson and the author of âEudora Welty: A Biographyâ and âOne Writerâs Imagination: The Fiction of Eudora Welty.â As a student of Weltyâs life, writings and her personal friend, Marrs knows a great deal about Welty.
Copies of Marrsâ book will be available, and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.