Photo courtesy of and copyright Christopher R. Harris

Photo courtesy of and copyright Christopher R. Harris

Good news! We have confirmed that we will be screening The Seer, Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell’s amazing new documentary about the life and work of Wendell Berry. The screening is tentatively set for Friday afternoon, on the first day of Walker Percy Weekend. If you’re getting to town early, you’re in for a treat. More details on the screening as they become available.

I’ve also heard from Nicole Rizkallah, from Phoenix, who is coming back for her second festival, and bringing lots of friends. She’s put together a Percy seminar for anybody who’s interested in joining (they have seven people signed up at the present moment, I think). This is not an official festival event, but free event organized by festival attendees, which I think is cool. Here’s the schedule:

10:30 AM
Rosedown Plantation Visit, St. Francisville
2:00 – 4:00 PM 
“[We] live in a deranged age, more deranged than usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” – Walker Percy
Location: TBD (around St. Francisville)
Seminar Readings
The Last Gentlemen, Walker Percy
Health is Membership, Wendell Berry
A Statement of Principles, John Crowe Ransom
Suggested Readings
FUN Suggested Readings
Bourbon Neat, Walker Percy
10:30 AM – Mass, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Early Afternoon – New Urbanism Field Study at Chappapeela, Ken Bickford

You interested in participating? E-mail Nicole at xavierfellowsprogram — at — gmail — dot — com.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the festival! There are plenty still available, but they sold out long in advance of the 2014 and 2015 festivals. If things go this year as they have in the past, there will be a huge rush as we get closer to the date. We had people who waited too long begging us to sell them tickets, but we couldn’t. Don’t be one of those people.

New WPW t-shirts just in, and on sale at The Conundrum bookstore in town (since last year’s festival, we now have a bookstore!).

UPDATE: You can order Walker Percy Weekend t-shirts online, through the festival website!