Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Writers: Your Bid!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Do you have a book manuscript? Need some professional advice on it? And you’d like to help out a good cause? Make an online bid — or bids — by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, June 29th. The winning bid will receive 20 minutes of sound advice, by phone, from a New York literary agent.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Joe Werner: Of Tinners and ’Shiners

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:02 AM

Delta ’Shine isn’t the first time we’ve read of a Memphis “tinner.” Author Joe Werner introduced us to the world of sheet metal workers and to Memphis’ skid row in his autobiographically based The Tinsmith’s Son in 2006. But Hoyt Jackson, in Werner’s new novel, Delta ’Shine (AuthorHouse), is not a tinner any longer. After serving as a captain in the Air Force during World War II, he’s back in Memphis and worse for wear, because he can’t shake the guilt he feels after sending his men — on order of Hoyt’s superiors — to their deaths over Germany.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Austin McLellan in Sloetown

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM

In a town a lot like Memphis, Tennessee, Baker Davis, private investigator, is having a tough time. His license has been suspended and he's under suspicion after the money in a drug ring that Davis helped bust goes missing. Plus the rent on his second-floor office inside a downtown building known as McDermott Center is due.

On the 20th floor of that same building, lawyer Richard McDermott, Esquire is having cash-flow problems too. So is the bank on the ground floor, which has obligations to its investors.

More money problems: McDermott’s half-sister, Gloria ... she’s just discovered that Orion Pallet Company is close to bankruptcy, and the head of the company, Karl Orion (Gloria’s much older husband), knows why. He’s been paying a woman named Mira Ogilvy $20,000 per month for several years.

Mira has it worst. She’s been murdered, her body discovered in a weed-infested lot in a neighborhood called Sloetown, “where bad news is no surprise.” It’s a crumbling, crime-ridden neighborhood not far from the big river in this unnamed city.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Steve Stern: In a Pinch

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 10:04 AM

“You ain’t so special. Is alive, the Pinch, with people used to be dead.”

That’s Pinchas Pinsker talking to his nephew, Muni, who was beginning to feel like a spectacle, what with everyone in the Pinch wanting to see the new arrival. Thanks to his uncle’s help, Muni’s made it to the Jewish neighborhood north of downtown Memphis after crossing Siberia — where he’d been held for his anti-czarist sympathies — on foot.

Muni and his brethren were hardly the first Jews to arrive in Memphis. Nearly 400 years before, Rodrigo (born Ruben) da Luna of Portugal was one of the small army of men led by the conquistador Hernando de Soto, who was in search of cities of gold. But Rodrigo wasn’t a lancer or musketeer. He was a tailor. How do we know all this? Because Muni Pinsker went on to write about Rodrigo in his chronicle called The Pinch. It’s where we read the earliest known instance of what would become a Memphis trademark: its entrepreneurial spirit. For a fuller description of the enterprising and peace-loving Rodrigo, go to a brand-new book, also called The Pinch:

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Kicks Off with Two Ways To Promote Literacy in Memphis

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 8:04 AM

Barbecue: What could be more Memphis? Promoting literacy in Memphis: What could be better for the city? Combine the two and you get the first annual “Books & BBQ,” which will be at the Agricenter on Saturday, June 6th, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s only $3 for adults, but children 12 and under get in free. Parking too is free. And the food: It’s from Baby Jack’s BBQ and Central BBQ.

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