The enhancement of the literary and arts aspects of Tallahatchie RiverFest is important if the festival is to continue to be recognized as a significant regional, and not just a local event.
That’s why we at the Gazette have taken a role in helping push to the forefront the William Faulkner Literary Competition, which has been a part of RiverFest from the beginning.
We are part of the Tallahatchie RiverFest Literary Committee, which is sponsoring a Kickoff Community Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 23, in the meeting hall of the First United Methodist Church.
During the lunch, awards will be presented to the winners of the annual William Faulkner Literary Competition.
The competition includes categories for best short story by adults/college-age students, best one-act play, and best story by a high school student.
Keynote speaker for the luncheon is Robert Hicks of Franklin, Tenn., author of the New York Times bestselling books “A Separate Country” and “Widow of the South.”
We hope this luncheon will become a major community event over time.
Tickets are $10, but we expect some businesses and organizations will want to show their support by reserving tables of eight seats for $80.
Tickets will be available beginning Monday at the Union County Heritage Museum and the Union County Development Association. All tickets will be sold in advance.
The literary committee sponsors this lunch as a self-sustaining event.
We think this Friday kickoff lunch merits your support.