Eudora Welty has been much on my mind these last months. First there was a performance of the one act opera composed by Alice Parker based on Welty’s The Ponder Heart, and then I read a biography of Elizabeth Lawrence who was a friend of Welty’s, and then my book club read One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty. All of that is topped off with the publication of One Writer’s Garden written by Susan Haltom who researched and oversaw the restoration of the garden, and Conway’s Jane Roy Brown, journalist and garden historian, whose writing is familiar to many of us.
This beautiful book published by the University of Mississippi tells the story not only of Eudora and her mother Chestina who designed the garden, but of the life and culture of the early to mid-twentieth century and how a garden reflected that culture. Jane Roy Brown will be at Pages in Conway on Sunday, October 23, from noon til 2 pm, talking about the book and signing on request. The book will be available at local bookstores.
I’ll be writing more about Jane Roy Brown and her book soon. Keep watching.