Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Courtney Miller Santo’s House of Secrets

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

No, don’t going looking for it — the peculiar house, overlooking the Mississippi River, that you think must have inspired Three Story House (Morrow) by Courtney Miller Santo.

“It doesn’t exist,” Santo, who earned her MFA at the University of Memphis and who teaches creative writing there today, explained. “But I knew I wanted to set the house on Memphis’ South Bluffs, so I just drove around, looking for a place. The spot is actually an empty lot, which made it every fiction writers dream: to think maybe it is a place.”

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Elmwood To Revisit the “Saffron Scourge”

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Founded in 1852, Memphis’ Elmwood Cemetery (824 S. Dudley) certainly holds its share of Memphis history as the final resting place for more 75,000 individuals — among them, politicians, military leaders, civic leaders, and prominent citizens and their families.

Thousands of victims of the yellow fever epidemics that decimated the city in the 1870s are buried at Elmwood too, and on Tuesday, August 12th, the cemetery will be hosting “Tales from the Plague,” an evening featuring four authors who will discuss their studies of yellow fever in 19th-century Memphis. Those authors are:

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Hampton Sides in the Kingdom of Ice

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Turns out, this past Friday was a fine time to touch base with writer Hampton Sides, who’d just arrived in his hometown. In a few hours, he’d be discussing and signing his latest book, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (Doubleday), at the Booksellers at Laurelwood, and he’d just received, in his words, “100 percent good reviews” in the 10 or so publications that had recently featured the book — publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. So: “So far, so good” Sides said by phone of the cross-country positive reaction. But for this native Memphian early into a book tour, Sides also said that it’s always good to be back in Memphis to see family and familiar faces.

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