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Author: Sherry Lucas

Culture

Ann Abadie: A Quiet, Longtime Force on Mississippi’s Cultural Front Gets Her Due

Ann Abadie of Oxford has won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2020 Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, although she favors a background role. She was deeply embedded in the founding of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, associate editor of “The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture” and “The Mississippi Encyclopedia” and more.

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Culture

A Lesbian Belle’s Out and Proud Path from Mississippi to the Stage and Page

A purple boa curls into a feathery collar on the cover of Elizabeth McCain’s new book—a whimsical nod to her knowing half-smile, her extrovert nature and a pivotal moment that preceded her life as a lesbian. The boa shows up early in her just-published memoir, “A Lesbian Belle Tells: OUTrageous Southern Stories of Family, Loss, and Love,” as a prop in a ploy that goes maddeningly sideways.

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