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Miss Alabama to read at Fitzgerald Museum

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From the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative:

Miss Alabama 2013, Chandler Champion, will read from Zelda Fitzgerald's novel Save Me the Waltz at the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m. The reading will highlight when Zelda Sayre fell in love with Lieutenant F. Scott Fitzgerald while he was stationed in Montgomery during World War I. Save Me the Waltz, published in 1932, follows Zelda's whirlwind romance with Fitzgerald in Montgomery, followed by their glamorous but tumultuous married life in New York, Paris, and the French Riviera during the 1920s. Zelda worked on the novel in 1931 while living with Fitzgerald and their daughter Scottie in the home that now houses the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery. She also posed for a photo inside the Fitzgerald House for the novel. The photo is still on display in the museum.

"This novel gives the reader a more intimate look into Zelda's life, something that cannot fully be captured by a biography," said Patrick Miller, a member of the Fitzgerald Museum board and founder of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative. SELTI is a project that guides readers to real tourism attractions used as settings in fiction. "Zelda's literary voice was as unique as her vibrant personality, but many people don't realize that she set her novel in Montgomery, a novel inspired by her famous romance with Fitzgerald. We are so fortunate to have such a strong proponent of literacy as Miss Alabama help us introduce Zelda's work to a new generation."

Champion's personal community service platform is "Chandler's Challenge: Reading is Believing…Don't Stop Believing" which encourages people to read every day. The Rushton School in Birmingham renamed their library the Chandler Champion Reading Center after Champion spearheaded the effort to remodel the facility. Champion has worked to promote literacy across the state.

The Fitzgerald Museum, a nonprofit organization, is the only museum in the world dedicated to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The museum holds educational events throughout the year from book signings, poetry and short story contests, a Flapper-style fundraiser Gala, readings and lectures. The museum recently hosted the International Fitzgerald Society Annual Conference, drawing more than 200 Fitzgerald scholars to Montgomery from across the world.

For more information, please visit the museum's website at http://fitzgeraldmuseum.net/ or SELTI at http://southeasternliterarytourisminitiative.blogspot.com/.

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