Friday, March 20, 2015

Mariel Hemingway in Memphis on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Actress and author, mother and mental-health advocate, Mariel Hemingway grew up the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway and the daughter of Jack and Byra Louise Hemingway. Dysfunctional is one way of describing the family challenges she faced growing up.

Alcoholism and bitter fighting on the part of her parents; an older sister, Muffet, diagnosed with schizophrenia; another older sister, the model and actress Margaux, a victim of suicide at the age of 42 (her death 35 years after her famous grandfather’s suicide): Mariel Hemingway writes about her life in a new book called Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family (Regan Arts). She writes as her teen self in another new book, Invisible Girl (Regan Arts), which is aimed at young adults.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

This Saturday, Make It a Mob Scene

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 12:39 PM

March is Read Across America Month, and March 7th was Read Across America Day at the Children's Museum of Memphis. That was the day the Cat in the Hat visited the museum and where families could purchase Jennifer Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish, the young-adult title chosen by Literacy Mid-South as one of its two 2015 Books of Choice — the other book, for adults, is Mary Roach’s Gulp — for this year’s communitywide reading campaign.

The week of March 9th was another component of Literacy Mid-South’s monthlong reading initiative. That was the week that the local organization, working with the national nonprofit First Book, distributed some 486,000 books — free books — to Memphis schools, churches, nonprofits, and organizations.

To cap off the month, on Saturday, March 21st, Literacy Mid-South wants the Greensward in Overton Park to be a real mob scene. That’s when, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memphians are invited to another book giveaway and for some outdoor reading time.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

“The Pinch” Turns 35

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Thirty-five years ago, The Pinch, the literary journal of the creative writing department at the University of Memphis, was launched. But back in 1980, it was known as Memphis State Review. In 1988, the name was changed to River City. But now it’s known as The Pinch, and its current editor in chief is Tim Johnston of the U of M’s creative writing department.

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Charles Hughes on the Country-Soul Triangle

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

“In recent decades, the South’s musicians have been widely promoted as symbols of interracial cooperation and southern music as a space where the races have come together as equals and even friends. This notion has become central to nearly every aspect of the memory and marketing of southern musical genres.”

That’s Charles L. Hughes writing in his coda to Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South. And this is also Hughes following up on the above observation:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wandering Book Artists at Burke’s

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Ever wonder what it’d be like to travel cross-country in a gypsy wagon? Or what it takes to live in such a tiny house? And be a paper-maker and book artist in the digital age?

Peter and Donna Thomas, book designers, musicians, and bloggers from Santa Cruz, California, and co-authors of 1000 Artists’ Books, will be at Burke’s Book Store tonight — Tuesday, March 17th, 5:30-7 p.m. — for “An Evening with the Wandering Book Artists.”

The Thomases will be on hand to discuss book-making and to show examples of their work. You’re welcome to tour the wagon, and you’ll be treated to the couple’s own jug-band music too.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Presenting: McStay; Kornegay

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM

This week, The Booksellers at Laurelwood is hosting a pair of rhyming fiction writers, both of them with Memphis ties and both of them out this month with debut novels from front-ranking national publishers.

Onsite at the Booksellers on Tuesday, March 17th, at 6:30 p.m., Moriah McStay, who grew up in Memphis and lives here with her husband and daughters, will be discussing and signing her young-adult novel Everything That Makes You (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins).

At story booth (438 N. Cleveland), on Wednesday, March 18th, at 6:30 p.m., Jamie Kornegay — the latest writer in the Booksellers’ “Literary Tastemakers” series — will be reading from and signing Soil (Simon & Schuster).

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Brian Greene at Rhodes

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:10 AM

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory.

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality.

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos.

And for young readers, Icarus at the Edge of Time.

Heady stuff but written for a wide audience, and all four books are by physicist, best-selling author, and popular speaker Brian Greene of Columbia University.

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