> Lay-by Festival


Turnrow Book Co. hosted its first Mississippi Delta Lay-By Literature and Music Festival July 17-18, 2008. It started Thursday evening with "Dirty South" readings by Martin Clark and Ace Atkins, followed by "Southern Redemption" at Blue Parrot Cafe with music by the Revelators. Friday began with a Save Your Soul Food picnic on the Tallahatchie River and wrapped up that evening with Andre Dubus III and David Wroblewski, the authors of two of the best books of the summer, in a tremendous discussion moderated by indie actress Joey Lauren Addams, followed by Dent May performing some of the most original music in Mississippi.