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Westminster Holcad

319 S. Market Street
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 16172

Contact: Rachel Eliser
Media Communications
(330) 503-3245


NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – April 15 – 19, 2016 - The Eudora Welty Foundation is hosting a

one hundredth birthday celebration to honor author Eudora Welty.
The celebration takes place at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. It begins on April

15 and ends on April 19. Welty died on July 23, 2001, but her work, including her photography,

is receiving new attention and enthusiasm.

Welty’s birthday celebration will include a Southern Literary Festival featuring

presenters Richard Ford, Elizabeth Spencer, and Suzanne Marrs. Former Mississippi governor

William Winter is also expected to attend.
“Eudora and I have a special bond, so I am honored to be discussing my favorite novel,

‘A Worn Path,’ written by Eudora in 1941, at the celebration. I actually lived across the street

from her, so I’ve known her for a while and she has always inspired me,” said Ford. Ford

additionally attended the same elementary school as Welty and is now the literary executor of her

work, charged with making editorial decisions about her works.

Mrs. Dee Natale, lecturer of English and public relations, will chair a session entitled

“Maps, Rivers and Drums” during the literary festival. Mrs. Natale has presented papers on

Welty at the South Central Modern Language Association Conference and at Westminster
College. Her most recent presentation, “The Daring Life of Eudora Welty” was part of the

Bleasby Colloquia Series in 2012.
“Eudora Welty has been an inspiration for me for many years. It is such a great honor to

chair one of only ten sessions for the festival. I have a very special connection to Welty because

we grew up in the same town, and I have always looked up to her,” Natale said.
On April 17, a centennial concert featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter will be held at

Bellhaven Center for the Arts in Jackson. The Mississippi Symphony and the New Stage Theater

will perform on April 18.
Westminster College is proud to have Natale representing our school and honoring such

an accomplished author.
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