2018 Schedule: Presenters, topics, eats & drinks


Friday, June 1

Registration opens :  The Conundrum

3 pm–6:30 pm
The Conundrum Books & Puzzles
11917 Ferdinand Street

THE BENEDICT OPTION - A BOOK CHAT

4 pm–5:30 pm
The Magnolia Café
5689 Commerce Street

Join Rod Dreher, author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Benedict Option, for a casual conversation with Fare Forward magazine's Charlie Clark, to discuss Clark's proposal for "The Walker Percy Option." No tickets required for this 4pm meet-up at The Magnolia Café. 

Lost in the church yard

7 pm–10 pm
Grace Episcopal Church Yard
11621 Ferdinand Street

Saturday, June 2

Walker Percy, race, and confederate memory, presented by patrick connelly

Saturday, June 2, 2018
The West Feliciana Court House : 4789 Prosperity Street
9 am 10:30 am

Patrick Connelly (Mississippi College) returns to the festival to speak on Walker Percy, race, and Confederate memory. Percy's unique perspective was shaped by his upbringing in the segregated South, his deep familiarity with Civil War history and Lost Cause mythology, and his post-conversion support for the Civil Rights movement. What does Percy have to teach us about contemporary racial concerns and debates over historical remembrance?

the fragmenting of american life as seen through "The love in the ruins."

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Temple Sinai : 4740 Prosperity Street
9 am 10:30 am

H. Collin Messer (Grove City College) will analyze the fragmenting of American life through the lens of Percy's novel Love In The Ruins. The alienation Percy wrote about in his 1971 novel has intensified in recent years. How shall we -- liberals, conservatives, and everybody else -- live as "wayfarers" in our American Babylon without losing sight of the goodness of God in the everyday? 

READING WALKER PERCY'S NOVELS & THE LAST GENTLEMAN: A BOOK DISCUSSION WITH JESSICA HOOTEN WILSON

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand Street
11:30 am–1 pm

Jessica Hooten Wilson (Associate Professor of Creative Writing, John Brown University) makes her THIRD festival appearance, this time presenting her new book Reading Walker Percy's Novels (LSU Press May 2018). Jessica will lead a lunchtime, book club-style discussion of Percy's The Last Gentleman

* A gourmet, brown bag picnic lunch will be available to Book Club attendees at additional cost. Box lunch reservations must be made before Friday, June 1 at 6 pm. Sign up at registration or click [HERE] to reserve yours.

SEARCHING FOR THE MEANING OF LIFE THROUGH PERCY'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH PSYCHIATRIST ROBERT COLES

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Temple Sinai : 4740 Prosperity Street
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Lawrence Rhu, Emeritus Professor of English, the University of South Carolina, will explore the long friendship between Walker Percy and famed Harvard psychiatrist Robert Coles, with whom he shared a passion for the search for life's meaning. Rhu is the curator of the letters of Coles and Percy and is currently writing a book, entitled "Friendship and the Life of Writing: Walker Percy and Robert Coles."

THE LIFE & WORKS OF SHELBY FOOTE

Saturday, June 2, 2018
The West Feliciana Court House : 4789 Prosperity Street
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Bill Wilson (University of Virginia) is at work on a biography of the Civil War historian Shelby Foote. He will speak on the meaning of Foote's life and work, and of the historian's lifelong friendship with Walker Percy.

THE FRIENDSHIP OF WALKER PERCY & SHELBY FOOTE,
through the eyes of children

Saturday, June 2, 2018
The West Feliciana Courthouse, 4789 Prosperity Street
4 pm - 5 pm

Memories of the life-long friendship and correspondence of Walker Percy and Shelby Foote will be shared during a light-hearted conversation between two of their children—Mary Pratt Percy Lobdell and Huger Foote.


Saturday, June 2
Progressive Front Porch Tour & Bourbon Tasting

5:30 pm–7:30 pm

 

Saturday, June 2
Crawfish & Craft Beer Celebration

7:30 pm–10:30 pm
Prosperity Street