Thursday, April 21, 2016

What are y'all reading?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Overton Park -  - House of Echoes (Ballantine Books) by Brendan Duffy -  - Courtney Robertson: “I just got the book, but so far so good. It’s about a family, the dad is an author and he’s having writer’s block, if you will, and the mom recently lost her job so they were looking for a fresh start. I think their child is being bullied at school as well, and they didn’t like Manhattan, so they end up going to stay in this house that’s out in the woods in rural New York. There are things going on in the woods, and slowly things are starting to unfold.”
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    House of Echoes (Ballantine Books) by Brendan Duffy

    Courtney Robertson: “I just got the book, but so far so good. It’s about a family, the dad is an author and he’s having writer’s block, if you will, and the mom recently lost her job so they were looking for a fresh start. I think their child is being bullied at school as well, and they didn’t like Manhattan, so they end up going to stay in this house that’s out in the woods in rural New York. There are things going on in the woods, and slowly things are starting to unfold.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

Jess Walter to visit Rhodes College

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 12:34 PM

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New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter will do a reading and signing as part of the Jack D. Farris Visiting Writers Series at Rhodes College. There will be a Q&A following Walter's presentation on Tuesday, April 19th.

Walter is the author of such acclaimed novels as Beautiful Ruins, The Financial Lives of Poets, The Zero, and We Live In Water. He as been a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe award. His work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harpers,McSweeney's, Esquire, and more.

Along with author Sherman Alexie, Walter was the host of the podcast A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment from the Infinite Guest network.

Jess Walter
Tuesday, April 19
7 p.m.
Rhodes College — Buckman Hall

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Michael Hicks Thompson to discuss and sign The Rector

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 12:02 PM

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Author Michael Hicks Thompson will visit the Booksellers at Laurelwood on Saturday, April 16, to discuss and sign his latest novel, The Rector (Shepherd King Publishing).

If Solo, Mississippi, had any claim to fame in the 1950s, it was due to the small town's proximity to notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary. When the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church dies suddenly, most locals believe he had a heart attack. Martha McRae, widow and owner of the local newspaper and boarding house, disagrees. She knows the young rector was carrying on with Martha's friend, Mary Magden Grater, wife of the wealthy Capp Grater. Martha believes Capp had more than enough motive for murder. Martha's suspicions go unvoiced — in part because she hopes to shield Mary's past from public scrutiny and in part because the new rector captures her attention. Father Cain's brand of prosperity preaching and good works captivate everyone in town, but something about the man doesn't sit well with Martha. Then Cain is murdered. Everyone's a suspect. Including Martha. When the new rector arrives, she encounters a different sort of puzzle, one that takes her into Parchman Penitentiary where she comes face to face with evil.

Born and raised on a Mississippi farm, Thompson can claim more than a little knowledge about small towns, strong Christian women, alcoholic men, and Jesus. A writer of movie scripts and novels, Thompson is a self-taught artist, licensed offshore sailor, and scuba diver. He is the writer and director of the two-volume David, an illustrated novel on the life of King David. Volume one was awarded the Silver Medal IPPY from the Independent Publisher's Association in 2011, with volume two winning the Best Graphic Novel award from International Book Awards in 2013.

Michael Hicks Thompson
Booksellers at Laurelwood
Saturday, April 16
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What are y'all reading?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Overton Park -  - The Witch of Painted Sorrows (Atria Books) by M.J. Rose -  - Laurie Amento: "It’s a historical fiction book that takes place in the Belle Époque period in Paris, a woman has fled New York and a treacherous husband. It looks like there’s going to be some sorcery, witchery, and some art. I like it so far, it’s very intriguing."
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    The Witch of Painted Sorrows (Atria Books) by M.J. Rose

    Laurie Amento: "It’s a historical fiction book that takes place in the Belle Époque period in Paris, a woman has fled New York and a treacherous husband. It looks like there’s going to be some sorcery, witchery, and some art. I like it so far, it’s very intriguing."

Memphis Reads Erik Larson

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 2:36 PM

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CBU and the Booksellers at Laurelwood present a Memphis Reads event featuring author Erik Larson and his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, on Friday, April 15th, at CBU in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m.

Dead Wake is the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania. On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its 10th month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic Greyhounds, the fastest liner then in service and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

Larson is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. Dead Wake hit Number 1 on the Times list soon after launch.

Tickets can be purchased at the Booksellers at Laurelwood, or online at this link. All college students are admitted free with a student ID.

Erik Larson
CBU — University Theater
Friday, April 15
7:00 p.m.

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