Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sonja Livingston: The Art of the Effort

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Queen of the Fall is the name of a variety of apple, but Queen of the Fall (subtitled “A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses”) is also the title of a book — a collection of autobiographical essays by Sonja Livingston (assistant professor in the MFA program at the University of Memphis) and part of a series of books, called “American Lives,” published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Riding with Bill Hancock

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 8:24 AM

On a July day in 2001, the temperature in Memphis at 5 in the morning was already in the high 70s, and for breakfast, Bill Hancock had toast, a banana, then a cinnamon roll, followed, for lunch, by cheese crackers and Vienna sausage. The carbs didn’t stop there.

Dinner consisted of a hamburger, a hot dog, onion rings, tater tots, and peach cobbler. To wash it all down, Hancock went through six quarts of water, three quarts of Gatorade, and a root beer. He had to to keep hydrated, because he was on a bike, and he was pedaling cross-country — from Huntington Beach, California, to Tybee Island, Georgia.

And no, that wasn’t Memphis, Tennessee, Hancock was passing through that July day. It was Memphis, Texas.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Announcing: The Mid-South Book Festival 2015

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

This year’s Mid-South Book Festival, now in its second year, will run September 9th-13th and take place inside Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse and outside on Cooper. But according to Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South (which runs the festival), it’s not too early to check out what's already posted at

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Book Sale To Benefit the Memphis Public Library

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM

If it’s gently used books — at bargain-basement prices — you’re after, the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar) is where you need to be Friday and Saturday, May 22nd and 23rd.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Barbecue? It’s a Mystery

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 4:51 PM

There’s a conventioneer found murdered on Front Street; a North Memphis gang known as the Bones Family; and a well-to-do business leader named Aires Saxon, murdered too inside his Central Gardens home.

Then there’s Saxon’s creepy son, Franklin, who’s CEO of Delta Pride BarBQ, which supplies the pork to its franchises throughout the Mid-South. And there’s Franklin’s half-sister, Cameron, who’s this year’s Maid of Cotton, but she's no shrinking violet.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Pinch" Workshops; "Impossible" Readings

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM

If you’re a poet, a fiction writer, or a writer of creative nonfiction, your deadline date is Friday, May 15th. That’s when online applications (including writing samples) are due for a series of June workshops conducted by staff members of The Pinch, the literary journal of the creative-writing program at the University of Memphis.

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