Reviving ‘Lost Southern Voices’ At Georgia State University

Sherman Adams, left, and Delores Phillips, right, are two of the authors whose works will be celebrated at this weekend’s festival.

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The Lost Southern Voices Festival debuted in 2017 with authors and scholars celebrating lost, forgotten or simply underappreciated works of Southern literature and their creators.

Festival co-director and Georgia State University professor of Southern literature Dr. Pearl McHaney spoke about the authors and works featured in this year’s lineup.

One of those nearly forgotten voices highlighted at the 2018 festival is Sherman Adams, an African-American man who immigrated to Sweden from Atlanta in the 1960s. Adams spent the rest of his life in Sweden, becoming a prominent activist and journalist.

His 1980 memoir “Mitt Amerika” (or “My America”) was a best-seller in Sweden and was later translated into Russian and Danish. Oglethorpe University professor Jay Lutz and scholar David M. Smith will give a presentation on Adams on Saturday afternoon.

The entire weekend lineup is on the Lost Southern Voices website.