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Millsaps Brings in Literary Celebrities


Each semester, Millsaps College, with the help of assistant professor of English Steve Kistulentz, brings award-winning authors to campus for craft talks, lectures and public readings. Kistulentz curates the Millsaps Visiting Writers Series and is also an award-winning poet and fiction writer.

One of the next writers to visit the area will be Matt Bondurant, author of "The Wettest County in the World" (Scribner, 2008, $15).

Based on the true story of Bondurant's grandfather and two grand uncles, "The Wettest County in the World" takes place in Franklin County, Va., during Prohibition. The three men ran a moonshine business and were part of a notorious gang. This crime-drama explores themes of love, greed, brotherhood and murder. Bondurant's book will be a film in 2012 starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. John Hillcoat directs it.

Bondurant will speak and read from "The Wettest County in the World" Jan. 25 at the Millsaps College Academic Complex, room 215. His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit his website at For information about this free event, contact Kistulentz at 601-974-1305 or at [e-mail missing].

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