The event assures that the author’s Tippah County heritage will not be forgotten, offering a variety of events for families, historians and Faulkner scholars to enjoy.
“This year’s focus is Faulkner the Soldier,” said Ripley Main Street Director Libbi Bryant. “Friday at 6:30 p.m. there will be a showing of William Faulkner’s “Two Soldiers” at the Dixie Theatre, followed by a reception at the MS Gold, Silver and Coin Exchange hosted by Kirby Carpenter and Amanda Leonard.”
Saturday’s events, beginning at 8:30 a.m., include:
• Registration and a tour of the Faulkner collection at the Ripley Public Library.
• A Tippah County Museum tour of the War Rooms, with a book signing by Allen Wildmon, author of “Death on the Courthouse Square.”
• A tour of the Hindman Cemetery.
• A luncheon ($20) and lecture by Dr. Ted Atkinson of Mississippi State University, followed by announcement of the fiction contest winners.
• Telling of the Willliam Clark Falkner story by author and storyteller Bruce Smith at the Tippah County Courthouse.
• Walking tour of Ripley historic district.
• Guided tour of Spirits of Falkner at Ripley Cemetery with tour guides in period costume.
“We also invite everyone to attend the Blue Mountain College presentation of a portion of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. at Modena Lowrey Berry Auditorium on Saturday,” said spokeswoman Melinda Marsalis. “It isn’t often that in one day, in a rural Northeast Mississippi county, you can spend the day with one of the world’s most famous literary geniuses and the evening with one of the world’s most famous composers.”