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Walker Percy & The Trumpening

Walker Percy (Photo courtesy Christopher R. Harris, who owns the copyright) [1]

Walker Percy (Photo courtesy Christopher R. Harris, who owns the copyright)

If you know anything about Walker Percy, it has probably crossed your mind to wonder what the author of Love In The Ruins would make of our current political mess. Well, if you come to the Walker Percy Weekend 2016 [2], you can hear Matthew Sitman of Commonweal talk about it. The title of his talk is, “Where All Good Men Belong: Walker Percy & Politics in Low-Down Times”. Don’t worry, we’re not a partisan festival, and this is not going to be an occasion of argumentation and despair. We’re eating crawfish and drinking beer — that’s despair?

There’s lots of other good stuff too, including Ralph Wood and Jessica Hooten Wilson on Dostoevsky and Percy, and an exhibition of Christopher R. Harris’s photographs of Walker (see above for an example; that’s from the 2016 poster, which we will have out soon). Plus the front-porch Bourbon Stroll, the aforementioned mudbugs, cold beer, cocktails under the live oaks at Grace Church … and I’ve even gotten permission from Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell, the makers of the fantastic new Wendell Berry film The Seer [3], to screen it at the Percy festival. Jef and Laura are hoping to make it. If we can figure out how to fit the screening into the schedule, and find a screening room, we’ll make it happen.

If you’re the kind of person who thinks talking Wendell Berry, Walker Percy, and a sense of place with new friends while peeling boiled crawfish on a hot Louisiana summer night is fun, then you had better hurry up and buy your tickets and make your hotel reservations before the thing sells out. [4]This year, the 100th anniversary of Walker Percy’s birth, you will have the chance to meet both of Walker and Bunt’s children, Mary Pratt and Ann. And readers of this blog will get to see familiar names and faces: Franklin Evans, Bernie, Leslie Fain, and others. The festival sold out both previous years, and once these tickets are gone, they’re gone.

It’s a great time. Come see us. You’ll be glad you did.

From the 2014 Walker Percy Weekend [5]

From the 2014 Walker Percy Weekend

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5 Comments To "Walker Percy & The Trumpening"

#1 Comment By Andrew On March 30, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

Do you offer scholarships for those of us who can’t afford to come down, but know that we are destined to be there?

[NFR: I wish. We operate on a shoestring budget. We can’t even afford to pay our speakers a modest honorarium, just cover their expenses while here. If we had more sponsorships, we could do this. — RD]

#2 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On March 30, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

I would love to come meet everyone in person, but there are four things that keep me away, no five:

not into seafood
not into alcohol

I know, if those things keep me away, I’m probably not in the spirit of Walker Percy anyway.

Have a great time, and keep the rest of us posted.

#3 Comment By Franklin Evans On March 31, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

Open invitation:

I’m staying at 3V Tourist Court, on the same lot as Magnolia Café and Birdman Café. It would be my pleasure to meet and talk with people over a meal. If you’ve not been to either, you are in for a very special treat.

I’ll be there all week, playing tourist with my friend Kevin until the Weekend festivities begin. I have no idea what he has in mind for any given day, but if you’re there and want to tag along, also very welcome.

Just ask Rod via email to put us in contact.

#4 Comment By Pacopond On March 31, 2016 @ 11:21 pm


I’ll be there, and I look forward to sharing a meal and conversation!

I just started “Love in the Ruins.”

#5 Comment By Rori On March 31, 2016 @ 11:35 pm

…and really cool t-shirts! Don’t forget the t-shirts 🙂 !!
(P.S. SO hope you are feeling better, Mr. Dreher)