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Arts celebration marks 34th year

“Music and Romance”- Metro Chamber Orchestra

For the 34th year, Co-Lin and partner state organizations which promote the arts will present a wide variety of presentations, book signings, screenings, and even a vintage fashion show at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (NLCC) Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24.

This year’s program is framed thematically as “The Better Half? Fact, Fiction, or Fable” Most of the events and presentations are free of charge and will be held at the Natchez Convention Center in downtown Natchez (211 Main Street).

NLCC is a time-honored tradition in the State of Mississippi, with a reputation as one of the state’s most significant annual conferences devoted to literature, history, film, and culture. Every February NLCC chooses a new topic related to humanities in the American South and brings nationally known scholars and authors to Natchez for the award-winning conference.

On the Thursday agenda are:

  • Opening remarks by Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson, Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims, and Dr. Sandra Barnes, Vice President of the Natchez Campus.

  • Recognition of William Winter Scholars and Vance Fellows.

  • Presentations by The Washington Post journalist and author Amy Argetsinger, author Julie Hines Mabus, and author Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell followed by a book signing.

  • F“There She Is, Queen’s Luncheon” featuring former Miss Mississippi Kimberly Morgan Myles, current Miss Mississippi Emmie Perkins, Miss America 1960 Lynda Lee Mead Shea, and Miss America 1980 Cheryl Prewitt Salem hosted by the Carriage House Restaurant at Stanton Hall. Tickets are $40.

  • Presentations by author Danielle Dreilinger and Dr. Joan DeJean of the University of Pennsylvania with a book signing.

  • Kathleen Bond, Superintendent of the Natchez Historical Park.

  • A conversation with Dr. Rebecca Hall, author of Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts.

  • Author Kristen Green and Dr. Cybèle Gontar, Guest Curator of The Cabildo, the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans.

  • A vintage fashion style show, food, libations, and music, and a screening of Rhythms of the Land by Dr. Gail Myers.

Friday features:

  • Presentation of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and Thad Cochran Award of Achievement, and recognition of the John D. W. Guice Young Writers Competition winners.

  • A panel discussion -- “Changing the Narrative and Telling a More Complete Story” -- with Dr. Jodi Skipper and Dr. Elizabeth Bronwyn Boyd moderated by Dr. Roscoe Barnes.

  • Author Dr. Rebecca Sharpless of Texas Christian University.

  • A “Brunch from the Summer Kitchen at Gloucester” with author and former food historian Dr. Leni Sorensen. Tickets for this event are $40.

  • Dr. Jonathan White, Elisabeth Grant-Gibson in conversation with Valerie Martin.

  • A panel discussion with Kelby Ouchley and Shelby Harriel on women of the civil war.

  • A panel discussion with Dr. Sarah Adlahka and Diane McPhail on southern fiction.

  • Screening of The Saloon, a documentary by filmmaker Timothy Givens.

Visit to view the full conference agenda, purchase tickets, and learn more about the NLCC.


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