A Literary Festival Celebrating the Writer and His Works
June 6—8, 2014 • St. Francisville, Louisiana
Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and a great time talking about books and Southern culture under the live oaks: That’s what the inaugural Walker Percy Weekend has to offer when it celebrates the acclaimed novelist’s life and work in St. Francisville, June 6—8. * Tickets are limited and selling fast. Get yours soon.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
• Screening of Walker Percy: A Documentary Film by Win Riley presented by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
• Crawfish and Craft Beer in Parker Park: A gourmet crawfish boil served with a selection of Louisiana craft beers, presented by Chef Cody Carroll of Hot Tails Restaurant. 6 pm–8 pm in Parker Park. Commerce St. at Ferdinand
Saturday Morning & Afternoon
• Cinematic Catechism: Moviegoing and the Meaning of Life
In The Moviegoer Binx Bolling manages his gnawing spiritual hunger by consuming movies which tell him how to behave, and what's real. How do film, television, and media culture shape—and distort—our understanding of who we are, and what we are to do with our lives? 9:30 am–11 am Saturday, West Feliciana Court House, 4789 Prosperity St.
• Lost in the Cosmos: Is Science Enough Without Religion?
Walker Percy was troubled by "scientism," the belief that science is the only authoritative way of knowing. Science divorced from Judeo-Christian morality leads to the gas chamber, he thought. Was he an alarmist—or a prophet? 9:30 am–11 am Saturday, Temple Sinai, 4740 Prosperity St.
• Will Percy's World: Stoicism and the Southern Aristocracy
After his parents' deaths Walker Percy moved to Greenville, Mississippi, to live with his second cousin William Alexander Percy, who became his guardian. A lawyer, planter, and poet, Will Percy was a cosmopolitan man of letters whose worldview extended far beyond his Mississippi Delta hometown. How did Uncle Will's worldview influence Walker? How does Will's aristocratic Stoicism stand apart from Christianity—and how does it reflect the particularity of Southern culture? Can small Southern towns in the 21st century still produce men and women like Will Percy? 1:30 pm–3 pm Saturday, Temple Sinai, 4740 Prosperity St.
• Place and Non-Place: Walker Percy and the Search for Home
Why do we crave rootedness, yet find it so difficult to achieve? Many of Percy's characters define themselves by their places and cultures, yet struggle to live within them. What does Percy have to teach us about humanity's inherent restlessness, and whether it's possible ever to feel at home in the world? 1:30 pm–3 pm, West Feliciana Court House, 4789 Prosperity Street.
• "I Knew Walker When …" A digital recording project encouraging attendees to contribute their own experiences with Walker Percy and his writing to the LSU Libraries T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History's archive of unique stories about Louisiana's unique history and culture.
Saturday Afternoon Tours: Whimsical guided tours to sites familiar to fans of Percy's fiction.
• Entergy Nuclear Plant: A rare inside look at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant located south of St. Francisville. Participants will learn how a nuclear power plant works, see the control room simulator in action and get a close up view of the facility. 3:30 pm–5 pm. 75 capacity, first-come, first-served
• Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola: A guided bus tour of the pententiary facilities, grounds, and acclaimed Angola Museum. 2 tours: 2 pm & 3 pm, departing from the Angola Museum. 70 capacity, first-come, first-served
• Dinner in the Park: A south Louisiana feast prepared by award-winning Cajun chef Cody Carroll, a rising star in Louisiana cuisine. With music by Ben Bell & the Stardust Boys. 7 pm–10 pm in Parker Park, Commerce St. at Ferdinand.
• Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. 10:30 am, 9639 Sewell Street.
Thanks to Our Sponsors: Entergy • West Feliciana Historical Society • Louisiana Public Broadcasting • Country Roads Magazine • Davis Family Foundation • Sue Turner • Bank of St. Francisville • Louisiana Office of Tourism • The American Conservative • Dr. Adam Whatley • Gustaf Westfeldt McIlhenny Family Foundation • Kevin Couhig • Holly & Smith Architects • Heirloom Cuisine • The Highlands Bank • Steven G. & Linda Milam • Town of St. Francisville • Nancy Vinci • James, Anne & Libby Dart • Anne Percy Moores • Anna Macedo & Co.
Painting information: Walker Percy, 1982, oil on canvas, 40x30, by George Rodrigue (1944—2013). Collection of the artist
• For accommodation information, visit http://stfrancisville.us/lodging