Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration and The Southern Quarterly
have announced a publishing partnership between the award-winning
annual conference and The University of Southern Mississippi's independent
journal of the arts.
Founded in 1990, the Celebration has grown to
a five-day literary and cultural event attended by hundreds - sometimes
thousands - of people each year. "All of them (Celebration
attendees)," said founder and co-chair Carolyn Vance Smith
of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Natchez, "love to read
and rejoice over books."
Held annually in February, the Celebration represents
an annual theme-based lecture series enhanced by films, field trips,
workshops, exhibits, books signing, and discussions. Last year's
theme was Between Two Worlds: Free Blacks in the Antebellum South;
this year's theme will be Biscuits, Gumbo, Sweet Tea, and Bourbon
Balls: Southern Food and Drink in History, Literature, and Film
(Feb. 22-26, 2006).
The Celebration has received a number of awards,
including an Olympic Award, the Governor's Award, and the Mississippi
Tourism Award and has been called Mississippi's most significant
annual conference devoted to literature, history and culture.
The Southern Quarterly, founded in 1962, is
one of the first scholarly journals devoted to interdisciplinary
study of Southern culture. With a new editorial staff, including
Dr. Douglas Chambers of the Southern Miss Department of History
as editor and Ann Branton of the university's Cook Library as managing
editor, The Quarterly will now publish each year's papers from the
Natchez Celebration as a special issue.
Chambers will also be joining the Celebration's
"As editor of a scholarly journal,"
Chambers said, "I want to build the readership of The Quarterly;
as an historian I want to help broaden the reach of the Natchez
Celebration; and as a resident of Mississippi I want to showcase
important cultural events like this in the state and throughout
"The Celebration consistently attracts
top scholars and noted authorities in Southern history, literature
and culture, and we are honored to be a part of the annual conference."
The Southern Quarterly will publish the previous
year's papers in a special issue (Winter/February), which will be
available for individual purchase at the Celebration. The Quarterly
also will donate 75 percent of the proceeds of those sales to the
For more on The Southern Quarterly and the Natchez
Literary & Cinema Celebration, visit their Web sites on the
Internet at http://www.usm.edu/soq/soq/html and