The Little Bookstore That Could

With the launch of Star Line Books, Star Lowe celebrates her faith in Chattanooga readers

by Tina Chambers

February 2, 2016 Star Line Books, Chattanooga’s only independent bookstore, opened last August just across Market Street from the famed Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Owner Star Lowe is passionate about books, her customers, and the Chattanooga community. She only wishes she had more time to read.

Published Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Be Curious. Be Brave. And Don’t Get Bangs.

Reese Witherspoon gives young women a road map for finding their own future

by Reese Witherspoon

December 14, 2015 Sometimes I think about all the things I wish I could tell my younger self—things like, “Don’t give in to peer pressure,” and “Don’t get bangs just because your friend Ashley did,” and “Don’t go to that party at Maggie’s house sophomore year—everyone’s going to make bad decisions and turn on you, and you’ll have to call your mom to pick you up.” But since it’s too late for me, I figured I should tell you a few things.

Published Monday, 14 December 2015

An Irrepressible Phenomenon

Remembering Memphis novelist Mark Behr, who died on November 27

by Marshall Boswell

December 11, 2015 Mark Behr’s classes were a thing apart. His students entered his classroom with one identity and finished the semester with another. He was formidable and transformative. On five continents. If you were lucky enough to be one of his students, he routinely promised to destroy you, to fail you, to go for the jugular. To change your life.

Published Friday, 11 December 2015

Shining Our Book-Signal Up Into the Sky

Nashville Public Television revives A Word on Words with new hosts J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott

by Erica Ciccarone

November 23, 2015 With hosts J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott, Nashville Public Television has launched a new format for the late John Seigenthaler’s celebrated author-interview program, A Word on Words.

Published Monday, 23 November 2015

Delicious Words

Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng head to Tennessee to discuss What is the What as part of the 2015 Memphis Reads celebration

by Peggy Burch

October 28, 2015 The story of Valentino Achak Deng’s torturous journey as a “lost boy” of the Sudanese civil war—pursued by lions, vultures, and crocodiles, as well as “human killers”—became the celebrated 2006 novel What Is the What by Dave Eggers. Deng and Eggers are headliners for the 2015 Memphis Reads program, which will offer two free public events on November 4th and 5th.

Published Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A Killer Conference

The Killer Nashville conference brings a human touch back to the hardboiled business of crime writing

by Randy Fox

October 23, 2015 Now in its tenth year, the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference connects writers with agents, editors, and publishers. Killer Nashville will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel on October 29-November 1, 2015. In addition to the ticketed conference, a free public event, Killer Nashville BookCon, will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include author presentations, book signings, exhibitors, and book vendors.

Published Friday, 23 October 2015

Book Excerpt: Rick Bragg's My Southern Journey

“My Brother’s Garden”

by Rick Bragg

October 7, 2015 “I listen for the past, but I cannot hear it. The juke joints fall silent, cotton mills wind down to a final, solitary thread, and a last buck dancer shuffles off into the mountain mist. Then I see my brother Mark in his garden, and know that not everything must fade away.” Rick Bragg will discuss My Southern Journey on October 10, 2015, at noon in Conference Room 1 of the Nashville Public Library. The event, part of the Southern Festival of Books, is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Simple Living in the Suburbs

With four homeschooled kids, a popular blog, a flock of chickens, a herd of goats, and a new picture book for children, Deanna Caswell has her hands full

by Julie Danielson

August 6, 2015 Deanna Caswell, who writes the popular blog Little House in the Suburbs, has just published a beautiful new picture book, Beach House. A homeschooler and homesteader, Caswell writes regularly about self-sufficiency in the suburbs. Today Chapter 16 takes a look behind the scenes.

Published Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Wisest, and Justest, and Best

Novelist John Pritchard remembers the great journalist John Seigenthaler

by John Pritchard

July 10, 2015 John Seigenthaler, who died last year on July 11, was perhaps the most central and admirable personality that defined the Nashville I lived in during the 1970s. He was the apotheosis of integrity and of all that was serious and good. Anybody who knew him, even if they were his political opposites, held him in lofty esteem for the moral, thoughtful, and inspiringly intelligent human being he was.

Published Thursday, 9 July 2015

A Reading Festival That Gets It Right

Knox County Library finds the joy in summer reading

by Julie Danielson

May 7, 2015 With a stellar lineup of award-winning children’s authors and illustrators from all over the country, Knoxville is getting ready for the eleventh annual Children’s Festival of Reading. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at World’s Fair Park on May 16, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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