Alabama Writers' Hall of Fame
Paul Devlin, Murray scholar and long time friend, will discuss the life and writing of Mobile native and 2015 inaugural Alabama Writers Hall of Fame inductee, Albert Murray. Devlin accepted the Alabama Writers’ Hall of Fame medal for Murray, who died in 2013. Following the presentation, Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and co-director of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame, will moderate a public discussion with Devlin.
Following the presentation, people are invited to gather in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room for cake and punch in celebration of Mr. Murray’s 101st birthday coming up May 12. Admission is free. For more information, please call 251 208-7097.
Paul Devlin is co-editor (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) of the Library of America's definitive edition of Albert Murray's work. Volume one, non-fiction and memoirs, was published in October 2016. Volume two, fiction and poetry, will be published in 2018.
Devlin edited a collection of Murray's previously uncollected and unpublished interviews and music writings, Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Blues and Jazz (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones as told to Albert Murray (Minnesota, 2011), a finalist for the Jazz Journalists Association's book award. Devlin’s writing has appeared in many publications, including newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. He teaches at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
The program is collaboration among the Mobile Public Library, the Alabama Writers’ Hall of Fame, and the Southern Literary Trail, and is funded by Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mobile Public Library, and the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL® is America's only tri-state literary trail connecting mythic places that influenced great novelists and playwrights of the 20th Century. The 2017 trail celebrates Trailfest! During Trailfest, special commemorations will be held at Southern Literary Trail sites throughout Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. For further information, go to www.southernliterarytrail.org/events-2015-al.html.