Bridge to Terabithia author Katherine Paterson releases a collection of inspirational Christmas stories
by Tina LoTufo
December 12, 2013 Novelist Katherine Paterson is married to a Presbyterian minister, and during each Christmas Eve service it has been his custom to read aloud an inspirational story written for the occasion by his wife, the author of Bridge to Terabithia. Many of these stories have now been collected in a new volume titled A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season.
Published Thursday, 12 December 2013
In Diddy Wah Diddy, Corey Mesler creates a fantasy folk history of Beale Street
December 11, 2013 In Diddy Wah Diddy, Memphis author Corey Mesler offers up a collage of short pieces that create a fanciful fictional history of Beale Street, the birthplace of the blues. Mesler calls the book a “collage novel,” a hint about the rich mix of fantasy, wordplay, and good-hearted bawdiness to be found therein.
Published Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Lamar Herrin’s new novel considers environmental risk against a background of family strife
by Tina LoTufo
December 10, 2013 Frank Joyner feels the weight of the world on his shoulders. Natural-gas drilling, known as “hydrofracturing,” has come to his town, and many of his neighbors have already made deals to allow drilling on their land. Now Frank feels responsible for holding off the collapse of his community. In Fractures, UT grad Lamar Herrin plumbs the fissures of both family and land.
Published Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Doris Kearns Goodwin explores politics and journalism during the progressive era
by Chris Scott
December 9, 2013 In The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin has produced an enlightening, timely account of not one but two of America’s most important peacetime presidents and the social and political revolution they engineered. Goodwin will discuss The Bully Pulpit as part of the Salon@615 series in the Paschall Theater at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on December 12, 2013, at 6:15 p.m.
Published Monday, 9 December 2013
Robert Hilburn captures a music icon in his rich new biography of Johnny Cash
December 4, 2013 From 1954, when he performed alongside the teenaged Elvis Presley, to his 2003 rendition of “Hurt,” recorded in Nashville months before his death, Johnny Cash held a unique power over audiences and those who knew him. Robert Hilburn, who spent more than thirty years as the chief music critic of The Los Angeles Times, has captured the roots of that power in Johnny Cash: The Life, a rich and thorough new biography.
Published Wednesday, 4 December 2013
In a new historical novel, Karen Spears Zacharias conveys a complex drama set during a supposedly simpler time and place
by Ralph Bowden
December 3, 2013 Karen Spears Zacharias is a veteran author of nonfiction, but her new book, Mother of Rain, is a foray into historical fiction. Set during the Depression and World War II in a close-knit community in East Tennessee, the story centers on a troubled young woman, her first baby, and their Appalachian neighbors’ good-hearted efforts to save them both.
Published Tuesday, 3 December 2013
In Elizabeth Gentry’s Housebound, dark riddles and magical discoveries fuel a gothic novel
by Emily Choate
November 27, 2013 Housebound, the debut novel by Knoxville author Elizabeth Gentry, is an adventure in genre, immersed in the strange, dark world of fairy tales and gothic novels. The story centers around Maggie, the eldest of nine children in a family held together by a mysterious collection of unspoken yet airtight rules. When she breaks house rules by announcing her intention to leave home, Maggie embarks on an adventure that will change her life. Elizabeth Gentry will discuss Housebound at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville at 6 p.m. on December 6, 2013.
Published Wednesday, 27 November 2013
A new collection showcases the poetry of the late Wilmer Mills
by Tina LoTufo
November 25, 2013 Selected Poems by the late Wilmer Mills includes poems about building a house, plowing a field, and crafting a cradle, among others. This poet, who died in 2011 at age forty-one, writes from specific, hands-on experience but also sees beyond the ordinary to touch what is timeless in each act.
Published Monday, 25 November 2013
Rhonda Hicks Rucker’s Swing Low, Sweet Harriet is an exciting tale of Civil War espionage
by Tina LoTufo
November 19, 2013 In Swing Low, Sweet Harriet, her new historical novel for young readers, Knoxville writer Rhonda Hicks Rucker tells a suspenseful story of Civil War espionage and the inspiring struggle for freedom waged by African Americans—both those whose names we know, like Harriet Tubman, and many more unsung heroes.
Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013
In Guests on Earth, beloved novelist Lee Smith reimagines the last days of Zelda Fitzgerald
November 18, 2013 Lee Smith’s literary gifts make her distinctly qualified to take on the treacherous task of reimagining the last days of Zelda Fitzgerald, the muse behind The Great Gatsby, whose tragic life and more tragic end have haunted readers for generations. Smith’s new novel, Guests on Earth, offers a mesmerizing window into Zelda’s last days.
Published Monday, 18 November 2013
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