Sunday, June 7, 2009

Second Annual Ashley and Terry Ursrey Memorial Lecture

We had a great crowd for our second annual Ursrey Memorial Lecture last Thursday evening at Trinity United Methodist Church. Allan Gurganus spoke about his own encounters with O'Connor's work, including the letter that he wrote to "Mr. O'Connor" as a teenager after reading "Parker's Back" in Esquire. The typically cordial O'Connor actually wrote him back

Mr. Gurganus then read -- amazingly -- from a new-ish stage adaptation of "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All." At full-length, the one-woman play runs about 70 minutes and is now available for production. Mr. Gurganus read almost the first third of it. I hope he has a chance to read it all sometime on stage.

Here are a few photos from a small cocktail party that we hosted for Mr. Gurganus on the night before his talk -- at the amazing home of Alvin Neely on Hall Street in Savannah's Landmark Historic District:

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