Friday, February 26, 2010

Molly Caldwell Crosby: It's Official

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM

March 2, 2010: That's the official publication date for Memphian Molly Caldwell Crosby's latest book, Asleep (Berkley). It comes after Crosby's critically acclaimed The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History. And Asleep comes with its own explanatory subtitle: The Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries.

The epidemic was encephalitis lethargica, a brain disorder, which in the first half of the 20th century afflicted millions, from Europe to the U.S. No less an authority than Oliver Sacks, who wrote on the disease in his book Awakenings, has called Asleep "a brilliant, deeply moving account" of the patients who suffered from encephalitis and the doctors who sought to cure it.

Meet Molly Caldwell Crosby when she discusses and signs Asleep at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on Tuesday, March 2nd, at 6 p.m. Questions? Call the store at 901-683-9801. For more on Asleep and its author, see the March issue of Memphis magazine.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Holladay To Read/Discuss

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 9:15 AM

On Friday, February 12th, prize-winning novelist and short-story writer Cary Holladay, who teaches at the University of Memphis, will be at Southwest Tennessee Community College to read from her work and conduct a fiction writing workshop.

The event will take place on the school's Macon Cove campus inside the Bert Bornblum Library. The reading's at 12:15 p.m; the two-hour workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. Both the reading and workshop are free and open to the public.

And while it may be too late to submit a sample of your work for discussion, you can still attend the workshop as an auditor. For more information on auditing, contact Thad Cockrill at 333-4604.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Hair ... and the Glory

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 3:51 PM

"But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering."

That's 1 Corinthians 11:15, but at the Touch-Up, where Memphis' finest get their hair "whipped," it can spell trouble — and does when Touch-Up's owner (accidently?) cuts more off the head of her client Jennifer than Jennifer had in mind. So Jennifer, to keep from "going postal," takes the owner to court, because, according to Jennifer, the owner intentionally allowed the scissors to slip, because she — Jennifer — is "j". All this, according to

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Sandra Hamer — novelist, poet, playwright, teacher, and former broadcaster on Memphis television — signs her novel Glory ... The Hair on Saturday, February 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m. The place? Not a beauty shop but The Beauty Shop, the restaurant at 966 S. Cooper. It's your chance to get one thing straight, and it's got nothing to do with relaxer: What is "j"?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rebecca Skloot: Here; There; Everywhere

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 3:22 PM

It's been 10 years in the making, but Rebecca Skloot, assistant professor in the creative writing department at the University of Memphis, is finally seeing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown) in print.

It's the story of a woman who died in 1951, but it's her surviving cell line that has made her "immortal" and the source of endless — and history-making — medical research. Skloot's book brings that story for the first time to full light. Or haven't you heard?

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