Greenville Writers Exhibit

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margarethV476OA
Jefferson, United States19 contributions
Interesting artifacts from prolific authors
Dec 2017 • Couples
I did not know that Greenville has more published authors per capita than any other place in the USA. Pretty impressive! The display upstairs had many personal objects and artifacts from Greenville's prominent authors. I was thrilled to see one of the author's favorite brand of mechanical pencil was the same as my favorite pencil. After teaching literature and creative writing for many years, I found this place quite inspiring. Be sure to stop in and take a look. Our guide shared personal anecdotes of growing up with some of these authors!
Written October 19, 2018
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Martha W
Greenville, MS36 contributions
Limited Audience
Jun 2016 • Friends
This exhibit would only appeal to a select audience interested in writers from Greenville, Mississippi, so it has a limited audience. Given that, The library, has accessible parking and provides unlimited opportunities for people to learn more about these authors after seeing this exhibit. It should be updated, in my opinion.
Written August 22, 2016
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Torte_Sue
Vonore, TN1,396 contributions
Wonderful exhibit in a lovely library
Mar 2015 • Couples
Ok, this is going to appeal most to the readers and/or writers among the travelers, but it is an interesting exhibit regardless if you are familiar with the writers. There are so many superb writers with Greenville connections, and the exhibit highlights just some of them--Percy Walker, Hodding Carter (Sr. and Jr.), Shelby Foote, David Cohn, Ellen Douglas, Beverly Lowry, and more. There are placards about each as well as a few artifacts and some of their volumes. The quotations attributed to some of the writers are great. Example:

"Greenville is a town with a long tradition of writers. When I grew up, writing wasn't something precious and exotic; it was something Hattie next door did. You didn't have to hide in a closet to do it; it was available to everyone. ... I can never remember a time when I did not say to myself, even as a child, listening to the cook, to feathery great aunts, to the farmer down the road, 'I must remember this to write down and save.'" Jessie Schell.

The library is lovely as well and has a display case of old library items. Made me feel a bit ancient as I recall the cards that were stamped with "Date due" and you could see the slip and who had checked out the book before you..and the card catalog.

The exhibit is on the second floor and there is a climate controlled locked area in back of it with valuable archival documents and first editions. There is an elevator to the second floor and places to sit near the exhibit. We loved seeing all ages and races in the library when we were there. Very friendly staff as well. Really enjoyed our visit. We stayed for about 90 minutes!
Written March 31, 2015
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LouisianaDeltagirl
Mississippi332 contributions
Excellent school field trip
Nov 2013 • Couples
Wonderful opportunity for students to learn of Mississippi writers.
Library was easy access with nearby parking.
Written October 29, 2014
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Diane S
Gulf Breeze, FL244 contributions
For literary lovers
Oct 2014 • Couples
If you're a writer, fan of Southern writers or Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, the Greenville Writer's Exhibit in the downtown Greenville library is a must see if you are in the area. The self-guided tour begins by reading the state information marker on the sidewalk. The upstairs exhibit, housed in a long display case, tells the story of how Greenville has attacted so many famous writers -- from Walker Percy to Shelby Foote to Hodding Carter to Angela Jackson and more. Photos, manuscripts and books are on display with quotes from the many famous writers. The exhibit also includes a bust of Hodding Carter. Behind the display case is a scholarly research library with antique Victorian bookcases filled with beautiful books. Depending on your interest level, visiting the exhibit can take thirty minutes to an hour. It's not for kids, though. It appeals to those who love literature. We were fortunate to also view an excellent traveling photo exhibit from Delta State entitled www.thisdelta.com while we were there. This speaks highly of the library's acquisition resources. The staff was friendly and helpful. The visit to the library was a highlight of our short stay in Greenville -- we were just passing through and stopped. This exhibit made Greenville memorable for us.
Written October 13, 2014
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