Thursday, October 29, 2009

D'Army Bailey: Activist, Attorney, Actor

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM

From the sound of it, Memphis lawyer and former court judge D'Army Bailey doesn't only think in complete sentences or full paragraphs. More like whole pages at a time. But drawn from a recent 50-minute phone conversation — in time for the publication of Bailey's memoir The Education of a Black Radical: A Southern Civil Rights Activist's Journey 1959-1964 (Louisiana State University Press), here's the gist of it — "it" being Bailey's thoughts on a variety of subjects, from the state of the student protest movement to the state of South Memphis.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Yakich at Burke's: Yes?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Yakich at Burke's: No. Due to a family emergency, poet Mark Yakich was unable to travel to Memphis for tonight's booksigning. Look for word from Burke's that the Yakich reading has been rescheduled.

Yakich/Bragg/Brewer To Read

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Why's a poet quoting a recipe? Because it's a recipe "we've waited all our lives for."

The poet is Mark Yakich. He teaches at Loyola University in New Orleans. And he's answering the good people at Ploughshares magazine when asked: "Favorite recipe." Yakich's answer on the "pshares" blog: "The Moroccan Chicken Recipe We've Waited All Our Lives For." (In the same spirit and to the question "What's on your desk," Yakich answered: "A mess.")

Moroccan chicken. A mess. How about The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine? That's the title of Yakich's most recent book, from Penguin, of poems. (And that's Yakich in a self-portrait, left.)

Interested in hearing Yakich read? He's at Burke's Book Store on Friday, October 9th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mark Greaney: Good Aim

Posted By on Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 3:25 PM

"Where I live it is legal to carry a gun on your person, and where I live, sadly, you would be well advised to do so."

So says Memphian Mark Greaney, and the quote comes from an interview on his website,

So far, though, there's only one Mark Greaney book. It's a mass-market political thriller called The Gray Man (Jove), but Greaney's already sold the publisher on two sequels.

For a first-time author, this guy is getting a ton of attention. Why: Because The Gray Man is the real deal: a real page-turner. And Greaney's got a real character on his hands: a CIA operative turned assassin-for-hire named Court Gentry. Gentry's a target for intelligence outfits and paramilitary groups the world over, and yes, Gentry is used to carrying a gun on his person, but no, no need to advise him to do so.

How does it feel to be a new author on the brink of what's looking like the big time? Here's how:

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