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Faulkner’s Short Stories with Elizabeth Howard

Once a week Tuesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT July 9 to August 13, 2024

The Center for Fiction

The ‘With Book’ option includes the title required for this group at an additional 10% discount from our Bookstore.

Meeting Dates:
7/9, 7/16, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13
In Person at The Center for Fiction

2024 is an anniversary year for William Faulkner. It marks the 100th anniversary of The Marble Faun, the author’s first published book, the 75th anniversary of Knight’s Gambit, his collection of mystery stories and the 50th anniversary of the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, the longest continuously running academic event devoted to the work of an American writer, held annually in Oxford, Mississippi.

Elizabeth Howard, who is presenting a paper at the Faulkner Conference, will be leading readings of four of Faulkner’s short stories: “A Rose for Emily,” “Dry September,” “Barn Burning,” and “That Evening Sun.”

These readings will be held over five weeks. One story will be discussed in each session in the order above. The fifth session will be devoted to a review of the four.

Special Offer for Participants: In partnership with The University of Mississippi Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, participants of this group may register for remote attendance to the conference as students with a 50% discount from standard admission. The conference is being held July 21—25. Instructions for registration will be included in your confirmation email for the group.

Participants should read the story “A Rose for Emily” from William Faulkner’s Collected Stories in advance of the first meeting.

  • Session I: “A Rose for Emily”
  • Session II: “Dry September”
  • Session III: “Barn Burning”
  • Session IV: “That Evening Sun”
  • Session V: Review

What to expect from this reading group: A guided reading and discussion with supplemental films, exhibitions, books, and music that will enhance the experience of reading the book. Participants will be encouraged to journal through the readings.


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