Southern Literary Trail kicks off at Fitzgerald Museum event

From the articles “Southern Literary Trail opens at Fitzgerald House” and “Project Links Literary Arts Sites Across the South” by Robyn Bradley Litchfiled in the March 1 edition of the Montgomery Advertiser:
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery honors the past at its annual gala, but this year’s event will also celebrate the future, as it kicks off a new three-state collaboration. Stretching all the way from Natchez, Miss., to Savannah, Ga., the Southern Literary Trail will officially open during the Fitzgerald Museum’s gala, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the museum. “The gala is really just a lot of fun, kind of a waltz back into the 1920s and ’30s,” Fitzgerald Museum president Julian McPhillips said. Organizers are expecting an even bigger crowd this year with people coming from other parts of the new trail. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about the French Riviera, “Tender is the Night,” has been selected as this year’s theme. It’s appropriate as the book was partially written while the Fitzgeralds were living in the Old Cloverdale home that evolved into the museum.
William Gantt, the person behind the Southern Literary Trail idea, said Montgomery and the Fitzgerald Museum are very important to the project.  The Southern Literary Trail opens this week with a month long festival of events in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. It links 18 different Southern towns that celebrate internationally renowned 20th century writers and playwrights who were inspired by their communities. “Literary tourism is considered one of the waves of future tourism. With our new Southern Literary Trail, we can attract people to literary history and to cultural history as well,” Gantt said.

For the Fitzgerald Museum articles see
Twelve unique Alabama literary attractions are profiled in the article “Taking Literary License on Alabama’s Literary Trail” by Marilyn Jones Stamps on pages 14 and 15 of the 2009 Alabama Vacation Guide.

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