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Mississippi author Howard Bahr and Starkville bluegrass band Nash Street were the MSU Libraries' special guests for a "sweet" evening of literature, music and fellowship.

On Tuesday, April 29th, the Mississippi State University Libraries hosted an evening honoring the Cotton District Literary Festival Poetry Contest Award winners and featuring author Howard Bahr as he discussed his novels of the South. Beginning the evening was an acoustic set with nationally known – and Starkville’s own – Nash Street.

Howard Bahr, born in Meridian, MS, realized at an early age his interest in the Civil War and the Old South by listening to tales by his grandfather. A four-year US Navy veteran, Bahr graduated from the University of Mississippi with both bachelors and master’s degrees in English. During his years in Oxford, Bahr also worked as curator of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s homestead and museum. Bahr’s first novel, The Black Flower, published in 1998, received great acclaim and was nominated for multiple awards, including The Book-of-the-Month Club’s Stephen Crane Award, Gettysburg College’s Lincoln Prize, the LSU Michael Shaara Award for Civil War First Fiction, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman First Fiction Award.

Dr. Noel Polk of MSU's English department and of Mississippi Quarterly presented awards, sponsored by Mississippi Quarterly, to local high school students in honor and recognition of the students' outstanding original works of poetry submitted to the yearly contest during the Cotton District Literary Festival.

The evening's events, held in the MSU Libraries’ John Grisham Room, began at 6.00pm and featured desserts by MSU Chef David French.

For more information, please contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.

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