In January 2017, Knox County Public Library System is exploring the life and work of Flannery O’Connor, the woman who arguably created “Southern Gothic” literature with her haunting stories and eccentric characters. Join us for a six-part series led by Ed Francisco, Professor of English and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State Community College.
The series kicks off on Sunday, January 8, 2017 with a screening of the award-winning documentary Flannery O’Connor: Uncommon Grace followed by a discussion with its filmmakers, Bridget Kurt and Michael Jordan.
The series continues each Tuesday evening in January at Lawson McGhee Library with a discussion of one of O’Connor’s seminal short stories.
January 10: “Good Country People”
January 17: “A Displaced Person”
Sunday, January 22, the series will screen John Huston’s Wise Blood.
January 24: “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
January 31: Conclusion
Despite her premature death at age 39, Flannery O’Connor left behind one of the most haunting and strikingly original bodies of work in 20th century literature. With the rural South as her backdrop, she brought to life a string of eccentric characters torn between their worldy ambitions and the need for a more enduring truth. While critics called her stories “brutal” and “grotesque,” O’Connor said, “All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it.”
The Lawson McGhee Library is the main library of Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is located at 500 West Church Avenue in downtown Knoxville.