Passing the gift of art to successive generations is a legacy that can succeed with an early start. The Mobile Symphony Orchestra will provide such an opportunity Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. with “Pixar in Concert” at Mobile’s Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.).

The show is a multimedia event featuring excerpts from Disney classics on a movie screen above the orchestra. Guest conductor Sarah Hicks will lead the ensemble as it performs selections from “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille,” “Monster’s Inc.,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles” and more.

For ticket information call 251-432-2010 or visit

Literary Festival premieres
The Mobile Writers Guild is joining forces with the Mobile Public Library to launch the Mobile Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15. The all-day event at the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.) boasts workshops, addresses and other resources for aspiring writers.

Local authors will be selling and signing books from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., joined by Barnes & Noble booksellers.

Free workshops on self-publishing, children’s literature, plotting and fine tuning characters will be offered throughout the morning. Luminaries such as Carrie Dalby, Joyce Scarbrough, award winning author T.K. Thorne, 2016 RITA Award winner Angela Quarles and Alabama Poet Laureate Sue Brannan Walker are scheduled.

Keynote speaker will be author and actor Thom Gossom Jr., who wrote a book about his experience as the first African-American athlete to graduate from Auburn University. He also authored the short story collection Slice of Life.

Gossom turned his life experience into an acting career with stints on “NYPD Blue,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Boston Legal,” “Reckless” and “Containment.” His film credits include “Fight Club,” “Jeepers Creepers 2” and “Miss Evers’ Boys.”

For the 1 p.m. address, Gossom will share his connection to storytelling as an integral part of his life, from writing his memoir to the stories that led to his “Slice of Life” collection.

A panel discussion begins at 2 p.m. featuring Quarles, Gossom, local author Watt Key, small-press publishers and facilitated by award winning author Jodie Cain Smith. The subject will be paths toward publication, publishing standards and expectations, and advice from authors. It will take place in Bernheim Hall.

A book signing by Gossom and Key will follow.

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