Thursday, September 27, 2012

For a Change

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

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How's this for a fun literary fund-raiser? A golf tournament. And how's this to add to the challenge? Players are limited to using one club only over the course of nine holes. That's right. One club. And it's up to the player to pick. A putter? Great on the green but what'll it take to get to the green? Or a wood? Good at getting the ball off the tee but good luck getting the ball into the hole. Or through or over the trees. In which case, bet players wish they'd decided on an iron. Because this is the Overton Park Golf Course, and trees can be a hazard, probably will be a hazard on Saturday, September 29th. That's when the One Club Challenge takes place to benefit Literacy Mid-South.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Leader To Appear

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

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She teaches now at Purdue University. But she once taught at the University of Memphis. And she's returning to the University of Memphis. She's attorney turned award-winning poet Mary Leader, and she's inaugurating this fall's River City Writers Series, which kicks off tonight, September 25th, with a reading and booksigning in the University Center River Room at 8 p.m. Tomorrow, students will interview Leader in Patterson Hall, Room 456, at 10:30 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, email creativewriting@memphis.edu or holladay@memphis.edu or call 678-2651.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Who Is Carolyn Parker? Ask Daniel Wolff.

Posted By on Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

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"Jonathan is a neighbor and friend of mine in this quiet little town on the Hudson. Our kids grew up together. We go our separate ways in terms of work, but we did do a documentary together called The Agronomist, about Jean Dominique, the human-rights activist assassinated in Haiti in 2000. That documentary took about five years to do. But Jonathan ... he's the movie guy. I'm the book guy."

That's Daniel Wolff (pictured) speaking by phone from his home in Nyack, New York. "Jonathan" is Jonathan Demme, the film director. And it's taken another five years for Wolff and Demme to put together their new documentary, I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful, which aired this week on the PBS series POV (and airs locally on WKNO2 tonight, Sunday, September 23rd, at 9 p.m.).

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chick Lit, Memphis-Style

Posted By on Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

A lively essay that compares public-school education to a deconstructed hamburger with all the trimmings: That's "An Education on Education," by an author, with a master's in education, named Shelonda Richardson. (Lesson learned: Let's make that burger — our kids' educations — well-done.)

Addison Odum's "Wedding Cake": That's the fictional story of a photographer, a wedding crasher, and a woman with a sex-toy fetish. (Lesson learned: Crasher and fetishist make for a handsome couple — and good photo.)

A 14-year-old girl in the back seat of a car barreling down a gravel road and taking her first hits off of a cigar: That's Paulette Regan's "First Cigar." (Lesson learned: "You're better than any old boy," says the girl's Uncle George and to his niece's delight.)

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Kristen Iversen: On the Move

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 6:27 AM

"I'm booked for months. It's exciting," author Kristen Iversen reported in a recent email.

"I've been on NPR's Fresh Air and C-Span, and I've done interviews all over the country. Lots of radio. In recent weeks, I've done readings in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Boulder, Los Alamos, and San Francisco. And I just returned from Richmond, where I gave a talk to the incoming freshman class for Virginia Commonwealth University's 2012-2013 Reading Program (5,000 people had read the book!)."

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