Friday, January 23, 2015

On January 29th, Literacy Is Key

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Want to meet a trio of visiting authors and do your part to promote literacy in Memphis?

The authors are debut novelist Natalie Baszile, best-selling novelist Patti Callahan Henry, and award-winning Mississippi novelist Michael Farris Smith, and they are this year’s featured writers at the Literacy Is Key luncheon and book signing presented by the Memphis Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis (3700 Central) on Thursday, January 29th, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gone Girl

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:32 AM

In an interview with his publisher and included in the publicity materials to his debut novel, author Tim Johnston talked about literary fiction (the kind he was schooled in at the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and the other kind, the fiction he’d grown up on and always been excited by: plot-driven page-turners — in Johnston’s own words, “the kind of story I loved to read before I knew the world made a distinction between a great story and great writing.”

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Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Fiction Contest Deadline Extended

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Marilyn Sadler, senior editor at Memphis magazine, has announced that the deadline for submitting short stories to the magazine's annual fiction contest has been extended. The new due date is February 15th. Contest rules are as follows:

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Carole Shelby Carnes: Those Were the Days

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:13 PM

“I hope no one thinks this is a sentimental story,” Carole Shelby Carnes said recently of A Street in a Town Remembered: A Memoir of Shelby, Mississippi (1852-2010) (Nautilus Publishing).

“I’m no Southern sentimentalist. My idea was to try to capture what it felt like to live in the Delta at the time. I wanted it to be remembered. And if I didn’t do that, then I didn’t succeed.”

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Joan Williams Goes Digital

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Joan Williams was a writer born in Memphis in 1928, and before her death in 2004, her first novel, The Morning and the Evening (1961), had been a finalist for the National Book Award. Robert Penn Warren and Joyce Carol Oates wrote admiringly of her novel Old Powder Man (1966). And another novel, The Wintering (1971) — inspired by Williams’ real-life relationship with William Faulkner early in her career — won the praise of Anne Tyler. Other of Williams’ works include two novels, County Woman (1982) and Pay the Piper (1988), and a short-story collection, Pariah and Other Stories (1983).

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Scott Samuelson: Living the Inquiry

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Most philosophers can probably pinpoint the time and place when the big ideas first hit and the questions kept coming. Scott Samuelson, associate professor of philosophy at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, knows exactly when and where he got to wondering.

He was 10 years old, he was using a pillow to practice kissing, and he was imagining a classmate’s blond curls and "sea-blue" eyes. But then his consciousness “broke,” and everything suddenly “felt extremely iffy.” Why, for example, did anything exist, Samuelson asked himself. Why did he exist? And more to the point: “What great cosmic mystery led to my making smooching noises into a pillow?”

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Steve Bradshaw: A Thousand Pages Down — With More To Come

Posted By on Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 12:43 PM

It’s been more than a couple years since the publication of Bluff City Butcher, which is where readers first met the serial killer known by that name — a killer on the streets of Memphis known as much for his surgical skill with a knife as for his ability to survive all attempts on his own life. But that book wasn’t the end of the story.

In 2013, readers met the Butcher again in The Skies Roared. And late last year, there he was in Blood Lions (from Barringer, which has published all three books). Blood Lions put case closed to “The Bell Trilogy,” so-called by the author, Memphian Steve Bradshaw.

Or did it? Because in a recent Q&A, Bradshaw — by profession a forensics investigator turned biotechnology entrepreneur — left that question a little open.

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