By Donna Summerall
Charles Reagan Wilson will speak on all things Southern Wednesday at Luncheon with Books. The event takes place at noon in the Esther Pippen room of the Bryan Public Library, and is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Lunch is available for a $6 donation.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Wilson coming to speak with us at Luncheon with Books,” said Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends of the Library. “He is taking time from his busy schedule to talk with us on his favorite subject; the South. Dr. Wilson’s knowledge of Southern history is extensive and extremely interesting. We are looking forward to his visit.”
Wilson is speaking on “Creativity and Southern Culture.” He will explore how the American South, which in the 20th century had many social and economic problems, nonetheless produced such a vibrant culture, seen in music, literature and art. He will examine such factors as the environment, the folk context of much of southern life, the importance of storytelling and language, and the role of religion in the South. He will look at the contributions of white and African-American southerners, paying special attention to the centrality of the state of Mississippi to creativity in the South. Finally, he’ll look at efforts to extend the South’s creative traditions into the twenty-first century. The South is famous for its musicians, authors, and artists. Mississippi is known as the birthplace of the blues and rock and roll.
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