Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Living in a Literary Town
SF and I live in Oxford, Mississippi and I admit, I totally take it for granted. Occasionally people write us and tell us how lucky we are to have each other with whom to "talk shop." I know. We are. I am consciously grateful for this fact. But there are so many other fun things about living here that I tend to forget. My husband thinks discussing this is bragging, but I really think it's kinda cool and interesting. Like I said, I am truly thankful for a best friend and critique partner in Sarah Frances, but guess what else?
*I live DIRECTLY across the street from John Grisham. My hood is on one side of the road and his palacial estate is on the other. Sometimes I want to leave him notes in his mailbox :-) He reads our blog. Hey John! (I'm totally kidding! He probably does NOT read our blog. Notice I said "Probably," 'cuz you never know, he might...
*We see many famous writers every day, from the poet in pilates, to the famous food writer in the bookstore.
*Today we are taking our children to romp around William Faulkner's backyard! (which is fun and has lots of nature trails.)
*Writers and books are REVERED here. Say you're a writer and someone will most likely buy you a drink.
*We have an annual Conference for the Book. As part of this conference, two children's authors are chosen--a middle grade and a young adult author. All of the 5th and 9th grade students from our city and county schools are given free copies of the authors' books and then the chosen author comes and talks to the kids about their work. So this author immediately sells at LEAST 500 copies of their book in ONE day in ONE location (actually, it ends up being a lot more books than that because they have a huge booksigning at our indie bookstore after school). Plus, the authors have an audience of hundreds of children who have read and have questions about their masterpiece. I hope to be one of these authors someday...
*Our Bookstore (which has 3 locations in the same block) is one of the most famous independent bookstores in the country.
*A famous actress and screenwriter lives a block over from SF and she is a delight to talk to as well as give us movie writing advice. Her dog and SF's wild animal are best buds.
*We hear of friends writing pilots for TV shows and short story anthologies on a near daily basis.
*We have lunch with three other non-fiction writers monthly.
*We couldn't get babysitters this weekend and had to skip the big Mardi Gras Literary Bash that celebrates reading of all kinds.
*Oxford now has a growing Film Festival with actors and writers flying in from all over.
*It's not weird to see Morgan Freeman at lunch.
*The manager of the children's bookstore gives us ARCS constantly and wants our advice as to what books are up and coming. Our advice?! We love this.
SF, anything else?
We are truly blessed to live here and I am sorry that I so often forget. Now if only we could be listed one day in the future on someone else's blog - ha! Like, "Sarah Frances and Katie live here and I see them sometimes in yoga. They are so cool." *swoon.
P.S. that pic is Faulkner's house. The kiddos are sick of me taking their picture, so I had to steal this one.
Posted by Katie Anderson at 12:00 AM