- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Eudora Welty Writer’s Symposium kicks off Thursday with writers from around the country gathering at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.

The 26th annual event continues through Saturday. Louisiana-based writer Tim Parrish will highlight the event, as well as local author Deborah Johnson and writer Robert Edsel.

The symposium annually celebrates the role of international writers in Southern literature and the influence of other cultures on Southern writers.

Parrish opens the symposium Thursday evening with readings from memoir, “Fear and What Follows: The violent education of a Christian racist,” and his new novel, “The Jumper.”

Johnson will read Friday afternoon from her novel, “The Secret of Magic.”

Ten other authors and poets are scheduled to join Parrish and Johnson throughout the weekend. All readings are free and open to the public.

The artists will be available for a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. Friday. A reception will follow until 6 p.m.

Edsel, a New York Times bestselling author and author of “The Monuments Men,” will be the guest speaker at Friday night’s Welty Gala. The gala, held in the Pope Banquet Room on MUW campus, begins at 7 p.m.

Welty, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short-story writer, grew up in Jackson and lived there as an adult, where she wrote all the books she published. Welty died in 2001 at age 92. She attended what was then known as Mississippi State College for Women from 1925-27.

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