News & Notes
Madison Smartt Bell's publisher is giving away his new book—but there's a wonderful catch
December 6, 2013 Madison Smartt Bell's new book, a collection of short stories called Zig Zag Wanderer, sounds like vintage MSB: "Stretching from New York to Haiti and beyond, these luminous stories reveal Bell’s sharp eye and deep empathy for his characters—punks, hustlers, mixed figures, and lost souls of all ages, backgrounds, and denominations," according to the book's publisher, Concord Free Press.
Published Friday, 6 December 2013
Patricia Cornwell's latest book isn't the only new release for the crime novelist
November 15, 2013 Patricia Cornwell turns out a book a year, on average, so it's never a huge surprise when a new Kay Scarpetta novel hits shelves. The surprise is always in the story itself, and Cornwell has a knack for inventing tales that seem to predict the next wave of media obsession with crime. (After all, her protagonist, Kay Scarpetta, is the original fictional forensic investigator.) This year's novel, Dust, has just been released.
Published Friday, 15 November 2013
With Jason Bateman joining Nicole Kidman on the project, Kevin Wilson’s bestselling novel, The Family Fang, is surely headed for the big screen
November 8, 2013 In 2011, when actress Nicole Kidman, who lives in Nashville, optioned Kevin Wilson’s debut novel, The Family Fang, for a feature film, the Sewanee author was dumbfounded. “It’s crazy,” he told Chapter 16’s Tina LoTufo at the time. “That’s the furthest thing from your mind when you’re writing a book. [But] maybe in the back of my head I was thinking if I could write a good-enough novel I would get to meet Nicole Kidman. And it would all be worth it.”
Published Friday, 8 November 2013
The Southern Festival of Books celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with an anthology by festival authors
by Chapter 16
September 24, 2013 This fall marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Southern Festival of Books on downtown Nashville’s Legislative Plaza. The free three-day festival annually attracts more than 20,000 attendees to meet their favorite authors and get their books autographed. In honor of this noteworthy anniversary, Humanities Tennessee is proud to announce the release of a special anthology.
Published Tuesday, 24 September 2013
The Sewanee Writers’ Conference convenes for its twenty-fourth annual gathering of writers
by Emily Choate
July 19, 2013 The annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference will kick off its distinguished lineup of readings on July 23, 2013, with National Book Award winner and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Alice McDermott. During its twenty-four-year stretch of summer conferences, Sewanee has become woven into the fabric of Tennessee’s literary tradition, bringing highly regarded authors together with emerging writers for twelve days of readings, lectures, panel discussions, and intensive workshops.
Published Thursday, 18 July 2013
YA novelist Ruta Sepetys has received a medal from the Lithuanian government for contributions to literature and education
July 12, 2013 Even before Between Shades of Gray hit shelves, it was obvious that Ruta Sepetys's debut novel was about to take the literary world by storm. Earning four starred reviews—one from every pre-publication review site in the country—is practically unheard of, even for veteran novelists. Between Shades of Gray, pronounced Kirkus, "deserves the widest possible readership."
Published Thursday, 11 July 2013
Humanities Tennessee announces the author lineup for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Southern Festival of Books
by Chapter 16
July 8, 2013 Humanities Tennessee has just released its list of the award-winning authors set to headline the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, which will be held in Nashville, October 11-13. The roster includes Bill Bryson (One Summer: America, 1927), Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), Kevin Henkes (The Year of Billy Miller), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), Jon Meacham (Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power), Chuck Palahniuk (Doomed), Alan Weisman (Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?), and Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings).
Published Monday, 8 July 2013
Humanities Tennessee will sponsor a Muslim literature series in Nashville and Knoxville
June 14, 2013 Humanities Tennessee, host organization of both the Southern Festival of Books and Chapter 16, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to coordinate a five-part reading and discussion program titled Muslim Journeys: Points of View.
Published Friday, 14 June 2013
Legendary musician Steve Earle makes another foray into the literary world
June 7, 2013 In a wide-ranging interview with Exclaim!’s Jason Schneider, musician Steve Earle has announced his plans to write a memoir in addition to the novel he already has in progress. “It’s the book I swore I would never write,” he said, explaining that the motivation for changing his mind was clear: “There were a lot of reasons that mainly had to do with money. My little boy has autism, and the school that he just started in last week, finally, is really expensive, and I don't have that much money,” Earle explained.
Published Friday, 7 June 2013
Charles Wright talks about literary style, Southern writing, and how to get into graduate school without really trying
April 26, 2013 Acclaimed poet Charles Wright, who hails from Kingsport, Tennessee, recently talked with Georgetown’s Vox Populi about his past work as a young writer. He explained how he started out as a history major at Davidson and how he also flew under the radar when aiming for one of the country’s top graduate writing programs:
Published Friday, 26 April 2013
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