James Meredith, ‘Help’ author set for Natchez literary event

Authors from around the South will gather Feb. 20-23 for the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration in Natchez, Miss.

This year’s theme is “60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Writers slated to attend include James Meredith, author of “A Mission from God,” known for integrating the University of Mississippi; Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help,” and screenwriter and director Tate Taylor, who worked on the movie; novelist Greg Iles; a pair of Pulitzer Prize nominees in Jerry Mitchell from The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and Stanley Nelson of The Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday; and Jerry W. Ward, formerly of Tougaloo College and Dillard University, now a professor in China and known for his poetry about civil rights.

The festival will also feature showings of “The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi,” “The Help” and “Saluting the Silver Anniversary of the NLCC, 1990-2014.”

Also on the schedule are book signings, musical performances, an open house at the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture and more. Call (866) 296-6522, visit colin.edu/nlcc or email nlcc@colin.edu.