Monday, October 12, 2015

Upcoming book events in Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 3:16 PM

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Pat Morgan
Tuesday, Oct. 13
 5 p.m. (reception), discussion and book signing begins 5:30 p.m.
Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall, Rhodes College

Pat Morgan will discuss her book The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman's Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness at Rhodes College in Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall. Free and open to the public, the event is hosted by the college’s Department of Political Science. The event will be followed by a book signing.

From Goodreads: With her gift of story-telling, deep sense of compassion, and rich Southern sense of humor, Pat Morgan takes you on a ride . . . a kaleidoscope of adventures that few ever experience. From the cotton fields of Arkansas to the concrete killing fields of Tennessee to the Presidents box at the Kennedy Center you will open your eyes, your heart and discover that it is never too late to live out your dreams.

Pat Morgan found her calling in the basement of Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, where she discovered the invisible people the homeless. She hadn't set out to become an expert on homeless people; she hadn't planned on working in Washington D.C.; and she hadn't planned on finding the missing healing ingredient that she needed. As a political insider, part policy maker and confessed political activist and junkie, Pat Morgan was the fly on the wall with a ringside seat. Failing at picking cotton as a young girl, she discovered that what she was good at picking was smart people and mentors to guide her.

The Memphis Jewish Community Center is celebrating its 3rd-annual Jewish Literary & Cultural Arts Festival. The festival will begin on October 15th and run through November 18th, showcasing world-renowned artists and authors. The schedule through October is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 15
Artist talk and Shainberg Gallery opening with Keron Psillas
7:30 p.m.
Free event

Saturday, Oct. 17
Author talk with Faye and Jonathan Kellerman
7:45 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19
Author talk with Alan Lightman
7:30 p.m.
Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill
$15, general; $12, members

Wednesday, Oct. 21
Artist talk with Shirel Horovitz
7:30 p.m.
Free event

Thursday, Oct. 29
Author talk with Dani Klein Modisett
7:30 p.m.
$15, general; $12, members

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Amy Israel, or 901-259-9209.

Leigh Anne Tuohy

Thursday, Oct. 22
6:30 p.m.
The Booksellers of Laurelwood

Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose family inspired the hit film The Blind Side, will be at The Booksellers of Laurelwood signing her new book, the devotional Turn Around.
Giving isn’t always about money, much less a lot of money, and Tuohy challenges us to re-think what giving really means. Turn Around is a five-day-per-week devotional that uses scripture as a springboard to reconsider what it means to give sacrificially, generously, and immediately — many times, without having to leave your own community. We encounter opportunities to give every single day; what may seem like a small gesture to us may make a world of difference in someone else’s life. Make your next step one that causes you to turn around and meet a need.

Leigh Anne grew up in Memphis and attended the University of Mississippi, where she met her future husband; she now owns an interior design company. The Tuohys live in Memphis but travel all over the country speaking to thousands of people about their family, their faith, and how each of us can make a difference.

Linda Lee Patterson
Tuesday, Oct. 27
6:30 p.m.
The Booksellers of Laurelwood

Linda Lee Peterson is at The Booksellers of Laurelwood to read from and sign her new novel, The Spy on the Tennessee Walker, an enthralling tale of hidden secrets, the Civil War, restrained love, and intelligent women of the past and present.

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This is the third in the acclaimed Maggie Fiori mystery series, but it’s not quite like the others. Yes, Maggie is still the smart-mouthed magazine editor in San Francisco whose curiosity leads her to become (or so says her long-suffering husband) over-involved in other people’s business, especially if a crime is involved. But this time the trigger is not a dead body — it’s a cache of journals, letters, and photographs of her great-great-great-grandmother Victoria, Maggie’s 19th-century doppelganger and a woman of much mystery. She was a nurse in a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, but why did she still have a horse, her beloved Tennessee Walker, long after all other horses had been conscripted for the war? What was her relationship with Walt Whitman? Who was Gabriel, the man she exchanged love letters with? And, most of all, why did she end up imprisoned under charges of treason and bigamy?

Linda Lee Peterson is the author of two previous Maggie Fiori mysteries, Edited to Death and The Devil’s Interval. She has also written several nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, On Flowers, and Linens and Candles, and has written for many national publications, including the Chicago Tribune. A longtime San Franciscan and an alumna of Stanford University, Peterson now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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