Faulkner conference returns in Oxford

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner used to keep mystery novels by his bed.
“He did seem to enjoy the genre,” said Don Kartiganer, Howry professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi.
The 36th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference will delve into the author’s appreciation and use of mystery elements.
“Of course, with Faulkner you don’t find out for sure what happens,” said Kartiganer, festival director.
The event will run July 19-23, and it’ll feature talks by Faulkner scholars, as well as informal gatherings, a picnic at Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, and an “open-mike” evening at Southside Gallery.
“There will be a special panel of fiction writers who have worked in what is loosely called the crime genre, and will discuss their fiction and Faulkner’s and how they may relate to each other,” Kartiganer said.
The writers are Ace Atkins, Jere Hoar and Daniel Woodrell.
Robert E. Fox, manager of university camps and conferences for the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, said optional tours have been popular at past conferences.
“We run a bus into the Delta that’s always full,” he said.
Tours include an overview of Oxford; a look at the city’s architecture; visits to New Albany and Ripley; an outing to Holly Springs; and a trip to Memphis.

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.