Literary showcase

A fourth annual Tallahatchie RiverFest Community Luncheon is approaching and tickets have gone on sale for this event, which will be held Friday, Sept. 26.

The kickoff luncheon was begun three years ago to help boost the literary aspects of RiverFest to the forefront by putting more emphasis on the William Faulkner Literary Competition, which has been a part of the festival since the beginning 21 years ago.

Attendance has grown each year for the event, which includes a hot buffet lunch at noon in the meeting hall of the First United Methodist Church. Individual tickets are $15 and a reserved table of eight can be had for $100. Tickets are sold only in advance at the Union County Development Association, 135 East Bankhead St., or at the Union County Heritage Museum, 114 Cleveland St.

The non-profit Tallahatchie RiverFest Literary Association, the sponsoring group, has rounded up another excellent speaker this year. He is John H. Hailman, author of a new book and a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for more than 30 years. He will relate anecdotes from his book, “From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Prosecutor in Mississippi.”

During the event, winners of the annual William Faulkner Literary Competition will be announced. The competition, which has a record number of entries from as far away as Australia, includes categories for best short story by adults/college-age students, best one-act play, best novel, and best story by a high school student.

We’re excited about this annual opportunity to showcase our community and writing talent from around the world while enjoying a good lunch and an entertaining speaker. Get your tickets early.