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Common Read: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin and Unmentionables by Beth Ann Fennelly

This guide serves as a useful primer for the common read on Tom Franklin's novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Beth Ann Fennelly's Unmentionables poetry collection.

Featured Works by Franklin/Fennelly


  • Tom Franklin - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

  • Beth Ann Fennelly - Unmentionables

Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly at Southeastern

Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Unmentionables, will be visiting the Southeastern campus on March 26, 2012. All are welcome to participate in the events. Southeastern Louisiana University would like to encourage students, faculty, and staff to read these memorable works as part of the Common Read for Spring 2012.

Note: Sims Library and the English Department will host a series of public readings of the texts over the next few weeks to celebrate the upcoming March visitation by the authors. All readings will be on the third floor of the library starting at 7:30 pm on Thursday nights.

Public Readings of Texts (starting February 2 and going through March 22):

  • Readings from Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (February 2, 9, 16; March 1, 8, 15)
  • Readings from Unmentionables (March 22)

Schedule of Events For Franklin/Finnelly Visit (March 26, 2012):

  • 9:30 a.m. - Student Panel - (location: Student Union Theater) - Southeastern students present papers and projects in response to the writing of Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly
  • 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. - Q and A with Franklin/Fennelly - (location to be announced)
  • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Reading and Q and A with Franklin/Fennelly - (location to be announced)
  • (more events to be announced as they are finalized)

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About the Authors

Beth Ann Fennelly

Tom Franklin