On Sunday, November 20 from 3 – 5 p.m. the University Press of Mississippi will be holding its annual BOOKFRIENDS fall membership party at the Historic Fairview Inn. This year’s party will celebrate the new book One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place.

One Writer’s Garden is an exploration of the garden Welty tended with her mother and how that work affected her writing. Speaking and signing copies of the book will be coauthor Susan Haltom and noted Delta photographer Langdon Clay. The book is lavishly illustrated and includes over 250 black and white historic photographs (many taken by Welty herself) and color photographs of the newly restored Welty garden, archival materials, as well as previously unpublished writings form Welty that speak to the writer’s deep connection to the earth and the plants she and her mother tended.

The reception will also include a silent auction. Among the items included in the auction will be paintings and prints from Mississippi artists as well as Langdon Clay’s photograph of the restored Welty garden. Attendees are welcome to tour the garden at the Eudora Welty House at 1119 Pinehurst Street from 2 – 3 p.m. prior to the reception.

The UPM BOOKFRIENDS are invaluable to the local success of the Press. “This book is a project the University Press is so proud to have published. It brings together the world of Mississippi’s most beloved writer with the wider movements in gardening and the social history of the time in which she lived. This is a part of the Welty story that has not been told, and through Susan Haltom, Jane Roy Brown, and Langdon Clay’s fine work, this aspect of the writer’s world comes to life on the page.”

“Further, it is a perfect book the BOOKFRIENDS to celebrate, as they have a long history of putting together fascinating programs to celebrate authors and the world of letters in Mississippi and beyond,” says Leila Salisbury, director of University Press of Mississippi.

“Though much of the news we hear about the publishing world today is about electronic books, this group does the invaluable job of helping the University Press of Mississippi connect with passionate readers and those who love the well-printed book. This type of beautiful color volume is a perfect illustration of what we as a Press strive to do to document and celebrate Mississippi culture.”

This event is open to the public. The ticket cost is $50 per person or $35 per person ages 35 and under. Tickets are available at the door and includes a 2012 BOOKFRIENDS membership.