Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and a great time talking about books and Southern culture under the live oaks: That’s what the fourth annual Walker Percy Weekend has to offer when it returns to celebrate the acclaimed novelist’s life and work, June 2 - 4, 2017 in St. Francisville, Louisiana.
Intellectually serious but broadly accessible, the 2017 Walker Percy Weekend invites fans of Southern literature to pursue appreciation of Percy’s thought and writing while attending presentations by renowned Percy scholars, , lectures, panel discussions, readings, presentations, and a series of social and culinary events inspired by the author’s most famous works. Events take place at locations around St. Francisville’s historic district, June 2 - 4, 2017.
Walker Percy (1916—1990) wrote novels that explored the “dislocation of man in the modern age.” Most of his work was set in New Orleans and around South Louisiana, including the semi-fictitious Feliciana, which the author based upon West Feliciana and the other Florida parishes. Percy’s debut novel, The Moviegoer, won the National Book Award for Fiction and was included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Best English language novels from 1923—2005. In later works including Love in the Ruins, The Last Gentleman and The Thanatos Syndrome, Percy continued exploring the search for meaning in an increasingly materialistic society via masterfully wrought tales delivered with a poetic Southern sensibility and informed by the author’s deep Catholic faith.