Thursday, September 25, 2014

“Memphis” Magazine Fiction Contest 2015

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

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Do you have a short story on hand? One that you’re polishing up? Or one that you have in mind? Now is the time to act. As just announced by Marilyn Sadler, senior editor at Memphis magazine, here are the rules for that publication’s 2015 short story contest for Mid-South writers. Contest cosponsors are The Booksellers at Laurelwood and Burke’s Book Store.

According to Sadler’s post on the “901” blog at Memphis magazine, the winning story will earn a $1,000 grand prize and will be published in a future issue of Memphis. Two honorable mention awards of $500 each will be given if the quality of entries warrants.

Below are contest rules.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Local Writing Group Offers Hope — and a Home

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

“Seven years of writing. Two years in the making. A lifetime in the living.”

That’s how Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness is described:

For seven years, Door of Hope, the nonprofit organization in Midtown Memphis that serves the homeless with disabilities, has been conducting a weekly writing group;

It’s been two years since local author and Door of Hope volunteer Ellen Morris Prewitt, along with writing-group members, came up with a plan to publish a collection of the group’s writings;

And it’s a lifetime of living recorded in the pages of Writing Our Way Home — writings that describe what life was like before these 15 contributing writers became homeless; what life was like for them on the street; and what life’s been like since they secured housing.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Stephen Schottenfeld: Counter Culture, Bluff City-Style

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

“You’re a pawnshop, Huddy. You’re supposed to be in a bad area.”

That’s Joe Marr, Huddy Marr’s successful builder/developer brother who lives in Germantown, doing the talking. Joe owns the building housing Huddy’s business, Bluff City Pawn.

“Pawnshop should be close to bad,” Huddy, who’s just trying to make a honest living, answers back. “Right on the edge of bad. Just a little ahead of bad.”

And that’s right where Bluff City Pawn is: out on Lamar, pretty close to bad. But the stores on either side of Bluff City are closing shop. A blood bank’s moving in. Bluff City’s about to get real close to bad. And that’s why Huddy Marr is looking to move the business, and he has his eye on Liberty — Liberty Pawn, on Summer.

“You must be the only person who drives down Summer and says, ‘Count me in,’” Joe later says to his brother. “Summer and Lamar, they’re both ghetto streets.”

“Summer is doing business with the whole city,” Huddy, who knows his stuff, says in response. “Don’t matter ghetto.”

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Good Ideas This Week at the Booksellers

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

How’s this for a good idea? Pair a debut novelist, who is on a cross-country book tour, with better-known local writers to round out the bill at each tour stop. That’s the idea behind the event on Wednesday, September 10th, at 6:30 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, which will be hosting out-of-towner Eric Shonkwiler and Memphians Tara Mae Mulroy and David Wesley Williams.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Constitution: “In Conversation”

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

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When it comes to U.S. Supreme Court decisions, it’s sometimes more useful to look to the losing side. That’s because dissent — the minority opinion — often ends up shaping future Supreme Court thinking and determining subsequent court cases in what amounts to an ongoing “constitutional conversation.”

In honor of Constitution Day 2014, welcome, then, the opening guest speaker in the annual “Communities in Conversation” lecture series at Rhodes College: Melvin I. Urofsky. Urofsky’s lecture, “Dissent & the Constitution,” is today, Monday, September 8th, inside Blount Auditorium of Rhodes’ Buckman Hall at 5 p.m.

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