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The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents

the First Memphis Literary Arts Festival

Founded and presented by the Center for Southern Literary Arts (southernliteraryarts.org), the first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival (memphisliteraryartsfestival.org) will take place June 16, 2018 and strives to be a world-class festival celebrating storytelling and the city’s unique arts, culture, and historical legacies. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a street fair, musical performances, and literary work from a broad cross-section of storytellers. #MLAF is proud to make its home in the historic Edge District, an intersection of industry and culture since the city’s earliest days. By featuring renowned, award-winning authors from across the globe alongside exceptional local writers, artists, and civic leaders, we celebrate the stories of those folks most marginalized by region, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or citizenship.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.

 

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The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents Dinner

at the Hibiscus Salon

The Center for Southern Literary Arts annual benefit, Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon, takes place this year at Premiere Palace Ballroom, 629 Monroe AvenueJune 15, 2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The evening features a special four-course dinner and cocktails designed by renowned Chef D. Arthur, a performance by Americana star Adia Victoria, a reading from award-winning southern writer Kiese Laymon, and work from acclaimed documentary photographer Andrea Morales. Individual General Admission tickets are $85, and individual VIP tickets, which include access to the author reception on June 16th, are $250. Tables of eight are available for $1,000. Sponsorships are available; contact admin AT southernliteraryarts DOT org. for more information. The dinner benefits all CSLA programming, including the Lyceum Mainstage, youth writing workshops, and The Tiny Temple Reading Series.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.

Buy tickets here.

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The Center for Southern Literary Arts presents an evening with 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones. Ms. Hannah Jones, a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, will present her work reporting on school re-segregation across the country and join us for a conversation led by Wendi C. Thomas, founder of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, and moderated by community organizer Tami Sawyer.

Nikole Hannah-Jones was named a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant fellow for reshaping national conversations around education reform and for her reporting on racial resegregation in our schools. She is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which strives to increase the number of reporters and editors of color. In 2016, she was awarded a Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story, “The Problem We All Live With,” about education inequity and school segregation.

This event is a part of the Lyceum Mainstage Series, a program of the Center for Southern Literary Arts, which presents special evenings with world-renowned, change-making writers and authors from around the world.

Tickets: https://orpheum- memphis.com/event/nikole- hannah-jones

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Join the Center for Southern Literary Arts at the Halloran Centre next Tuesday evening, February 27, 2018, for its Lyceum Mainstage Series featuring Tayari Jones, award-winning novelist and author of An American Marriage, a 2018 Oprah Book Club selection!

Visit Novel Bookstore in Laurelwood to get your copy in advance of the reading. Tickets: https://orpheum-memphis.com/event/tayari-jones

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