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TU Book Club to feature discussion about Eudora Welty

The first TU Book Club meeting of the new academic year will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, with Dr. Diane Roberts discussing Eudora Welty’s short stories “Why I Live at the P.O.” and “Asphodel.”

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Welty’s first published short story was “Death of a Traveling Salesman” in 1936. Five years later her first book, “A Curtain of Green,” which included 17 stories including “Why I Live at the P.O.,” was published.  Her 1943 book “The Wide Net and Other Stories” included “Asphodel.”

Welty continued writing short stories and ventured into writing novellas and novels, all set in the South. In 1972 she published “The Optimist’s Daughter,” for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.

Presenter Dr. Diane Roberts is an author, columnist, essayist, radio commentator, reviewer and professor at Florida State University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature. She has written four books, including “Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America”; “Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and other Florida Wildlife”; “Faulkner and Southern Womanhood”; and “The Myth of Aunt Jemima.”

Roberts’ essays have been published in the Oxford American, Flamingo Magazine and Tampa Bay Times. Her upcoming works include a piece for the Fall Oxford American on the Watermelon Festival in Monticello, Florida, and a long essay for the Bitter Southerner on the Southern roots of the Alt-Right.

The meeting will be held in Classroom A of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email actu@thomasu.edu.

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