Before the deluge: Amy Greene's new novel puts a family's farm in the path of a TVA reservoir
Published 02/28/2014 at 10:33 a.m.
The novelist Amy Greene remembers her first sight as a child of the ghostly tops of silos submerged in the Cherokee Reservoir near her home in the Appalachian foothills of East Tennessee.
Young-adult author seeks to balance love, darkness
Updated 01/17/2014 at 3:16 p.m.
The young-adult author Laurie Halse Anderson, who confronts such charged topics as date rape, addiction and eating disorders in her novels, says she makes a point of answering all the correspondence she gets from readers.
Nashville novelist revisits her past in essay collection
Published 01/13/2014 at 12:53 p.m.
In the 22 essays collected in “This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage,” the novelist Ann Patchett writes about her romantic history; her family, friends and her dog Rose; her work and her Nashville bookstore.
The Gray Man returns
Published 12/01/2013 at 8:13 a.m.
Memphian’s fourth thriller debuts with his third Clancy book
'Other Wes Moore' author to talk
Published 11/21/2013 at 2:46 p.m.
Wes Moore, student at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and soon-to-be Rhodes Scholar, was intrigued in 2000 by news stories about another Wes Moore who had been charged in a fatal robbery. It seemed like an “eerie coincidence.”
Listen up y'all: South shines in Garden & Gun's good-life guide
Published 10/26/2013 at 12:49 p.m.
The advice collected in “The Southerner’s Handbook” careens from seasoning a skillet to making sweet tea to wrestling an alligator. (News we hope you never have to use: “Slide one hand up the gator’s neck and use it to cover ...
Authors to appear in Memphis with books about Southern history, Delta humor
Published 10/11/2013 at 5:14 p.m.
The Crosstown Arts Visiting Artist Series will bring the author/photographer/filmmaker Margaret Wrinkle to Memphis for a reading/exhibition/performance from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at 430 N. Cleveland.
Walt Longmire — and his creator — both read Dante
Published 09/03/2013 at 12:34 p.m.
The fictional Walt Longmire is a lot like Craig Johnson, author of the mystery series about the modern-day sheriff of an obscure Wyoming county.
Folklorist at Cotton Museum to sign book on Southern storytellers
Updated 08/22/2013 at 2:32 p.m.
William Ferris doesn’t have to justify the title of his latest book, “The Storied South.”
Eric Barnes' new novel travels rough streets, where boys will be violent
Published 07/09/2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Eric Barnes’ second novel follows a trail of mayhem four adolescents blaze through the city of Tacoma, Wash., describing both the addictive thrill of violence and the boyish need to appear fearless.
Years as lawyer and journalist readied writer of crime novels
Published 06/22/2013 at 8:57 a.m.
Like one of the three key characters in his new crime novel, “The Innocence Game,” Michael Harvey earned a law degree from a highly regarded institution but turned to journalism for career satisfaction.
Memphis authors receive independent publishing awards
Published 06/11/2013 at 3:50 p.m.
Memphis creators of independent books prospered in this year’s awards season.
New York author conjures Mississippi landscape for novel; next he'll visit
Published 05/18/2013 at 9:45 a.m.
In his debut novel “Southern Cross the Dog,” Bill Cheng writes in rich detail about a young black man’s escape from the 1927 floodwaters in Issaquena County, Mississippi, to a brothel in the town of Bruce east of the Delta, ...
Author Eric Jerome Dickey in Memphis to sign 'Decadence'
Published 04/29/2013 at 12:57 p.m.
Though he’s only an occasional visitor now, fiction writer Eric Jerome Dickey still calls Memphis home. By phone from Atlanta this month, Dickey, who moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s and has been staying in Barbados since last year, ...
David Sedaris comes to Memphis Saturday on tour with new book
Published 04/17/2013 at 4:49 p.m.
It’s hard to ask David Sedaris a question that he hasn’t already answered in the personal essays he’s published over the past 30 years.
Jill McCorkle comes to Memphis with new novel, "Life After Life"
Published 04/16/2013 at 11:19 a.m.
Though Jill McCorkle’s new novel, “Life After Life,” is set in a retirement center, its vital characters include an adolescent, young adults and the middle aged, in addition to those near life’s end.
With 'Wonder,' Literacy Mid-South takes on bullies with books
Published 03/30/2013 at 3:09 p.m.
The people at Literacy Mid-South estimate that 5,000 Memphis residents have read “Wonder,” a novel about a 10-year-old with a severe facial deformity who struggles to fit in at middle school.
Dining Review: Venerable Folk's Folly real deal
Published 03/08/2013 at midnight
When the University of Memphis was courting the commissioner of the Big East Conference a year ago, the school’s president and athletic director, along with the founder of FedEx and the former First Tennessee Bank chairman, had steaks with their ...
Dining Review: Cove is treasure trove of fine cocktails, small dishes
Published 02/21/2013 at 8:59 p.m.
In 2008 Memphis interior designer Jim Marshall rescued a load of charming nautical relics and installed them at a bar in the center of the developing Broad Avenue Arts District.
Dining Review: Loyal patrons, reliable menu, solid service at Cafe 1912
Published 02/07/2013 at 10:26 p.m.
Cafe 1912's chef de cuisine Keith Riley knew when he took the job some four years ago that he had to ease into it.
Three authors to speak at Literacy Is Key event
Published 01/29/2013 at 2:49 p.m.
This year’s Literacy Is Key “Book & Author Affair” will bring three novelists with singular personalities — one from Memphis, two from Atlanta — to the podium at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis on Jan. Thursday.
Dining Review: Pizza panacea for Downtown
Published 01/24/2013 at 9:39 p.m. 1 Comment
Aldo's Pizza Pies is filling a gaping hole Downtown, and that's not just a reference to the vast floor space the restaurant occupies.
Our favorite Memphis area restaurants of 2012
Published 12/27/2012 at 5:51 p.m. 2 Comments
It was a year of anniversaries and celebrations for the Memphis restaurant community in 2012. Food writer Jennifer Biggs honors the most memorable establishments.
Dining Review: Las Delicias moves east to conquer new Memphis territory
Published 12/13/2012 at 7:07 p.m.
Fresh ingredients set this Memphis Mexican spot a world apart from the competition.
Memphis author uncovers untold story of pearl theft
Published 12/04/2012 at 12:48 p.m.
While Molly Caldwell Crosby was conducting research in London for her second work of narrative nonfiction, "Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries," she found the threads of information that would lead to her third book.
Dining Review: SOB's menu mixes its culinary influences
Published 11/29/2012 at 5:42 p.m.
The current menu at South of Beale is a carnival of influences. Cajun potatoes. Pork egg rolls. Taco salad with Navajo frybread.
Dining Review: Majestic setting on South Main for American cuisine
Published 11/15/2012 at 8:39 p.m.
From cocktails to carrot cake, The Majestic Grille on South Main is a comfortable and contemporary place to eat.
Mary Leader, poet and teacher, returns to University of Memphis
Published 09/23/2012 at 3 a.m.
In 2006, while she was teaching at the University of Memphis, Mary Leader was the Poet of the Month on poetrynet.org. In the profile of her work on the site, she said that she began writing poetry while she was ...
Dining Review: Still on track after 25 years
Published 09/20/2012 at 6:01 p.m. 1 Comment
R.P. Tracks is on the verge of a college campus, which explains why the "Beverages and Libations" menu lists more than 50 shooters, with names like Mind Eraser — vodka, coffee liqueur, soda — and Call A Cab — three ...
"It Chooses You" chronicles the lonely and unwired
Published 09/18/2012 at 12:56 p.m.
The fey and eccentric character Miranda July creates as an actress is not really like Miranda July, the author.
Steve Stern in Memphis to sign 'The Book of Mischief'
Published 09/18/2012 at 12:56 p.m.
Book signings and author appearances in the Mid-South
Dining Review: Breakfast basics and beyond at Brother Juniper's
Published 09/06/2012 at 4 p.m. 2 Comments
>Say the words "best breakfast" to people who dine out in Memphis, and the words "Brother Juniper's" will surely follow. Even if you've never been to the little cottage with a white picket fence on Walker in the University of ...
A Memphis writer tells his Mississippi story
Published 09/02/2012 at midnight
Memphis architect and writer James Williamson revisits American history and his own past in his novel "The Ravine," set in a small Mississippi town very much like Water Valley, where the author spent summers with his grandparents.
Dining Review: Soups and sandwiches amid luxury at Just for Lunch
Published 08/23/2012 at 6:10 p.m.
Chickasaw Oaks, the compact mall beside the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on the west end of the Poplar Corridor, is a daytime retreat for the recession-proof. Ensconced at the center of the mall, Just For Lunch provides a midday ...
Dining Review: New Asia supplies fresh ingredients, expert preparation
Published 08/09/2012 at 5:40 p.m.
It was a Saturday night at New Asia in Germantown, and festive family parties filled the round tables, with diners ranging in age from 7 to 70. The atmosphere was generally merry, but we were feeling anxious. We had already ...
Remembering Faulkner, six books at a time
Published 08/08/2012 at 3:19 p.m.
The trio of north Mississippi towns where William Faulkner was born, lived and died form a triangle on territory the reading world knows as Yoknapatawpha County. Faulkner was born in New Albany in 1897. When he was 5, he moved ...
Dining Review: Elegant food served with confidence
Published 07/12/2012 at 4:28 p.m.
Bari, the meticulously maintained restaurant that has lodged for 10 years in a 1915 brick two-story in Overton Square, is a refuge from the slings and arrows of commercial dining. The food served here is elegant, relying on the integrity ...
Sweet Potato Queen still waiting for call from Vardaman
Published 06/21/2012 at 7:37 p.m.
The voice of THE Sweet Potato Queen comes through even in e-mail.
Dining Review: Grawemeyer's searching for dining niche
Updated 06/14/2012 at 6:31 p.m. 1 Comment
When you talk to Michael Patrick, the executive chef of Rizzo's Diner who is now also overseeing the menu at Grawemeyer's, you sense that the South Main District is girding to stand and fight for the Memphis entertainment dollar.
Russ Kick to sign 'Graphic Canon' at Booksellers
Published 06/07/2012 at 7:13 p.m.
Russ Kick is a man on several missions. As editor of the website The Memory Hole, a title taken from George Orwell's dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four," Kick published U.S. government documents on intelligence and covert action, and reports on scientific ...
Memphian Daniel Friedman writes 'Don't Ever Get Old'
Published 05/31/2012 at 7:37 p.m.
Early returns on "Don't Ever Get Old," native Memphian Daniel Friedman's first novel, are good.
Memphis-born author comes home to sign Craig Claiborne biography
Published 05/10/2012 at 7:33 p.m.
A biography of Craig Claiborne by Memphis-born author Thomas McNamee claims we have the 20th-century food writer to thank for rescuing us from bland and canned food.
Southern Vampire author Charlaine Harris visits Memphis, Blytheville
Published 05/07/2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Mystery writer Charlaine Harris likes to give her heroines a healthy life span.
Two bestselling authors come to Hernando library
Published 04/26/2012 at 6:25 p.m.
First the bad news: Fannie Flagg, who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," had to cancel her Friday appearance in a Southern writers series at the Hernando branch of Mississippi's First Regional Library system.
Ron Rash signs 'The Cove' at Memphis event
Published 04/12/2012 at 6:49 p.m.
Like fictional figures from Jane Eyre to Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter, the central character in the new novel by Ron Rash called "The Cove" is defined by her place.
Roy Blount Jr. appears for River City Writers Series
Published 04/06/2012 at 10:12 p.m.
A decade ago, the writer and humorist Roy Blount Jr. took a journey down the Mississippi River for a film called “The Main Stream,” a travelogue he narrates in the soft-edged accent of his native Georgia. He said he wanted ...
Author of 'Marching to the Mountaintop' makes Memphis appearances
Published 03/29/2012 at 6:37 p.m.
On April 4 every year since 1968, Memphis remembers its part as the backdrop to one of history's fateful moments, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel.
Author Amy Franklin-Willis comes to Memphis to sign 'Lost Saints of Tennessee'
Published 03/08/2012 at 7:09 p.m.
The town of Pocahontas, Tenn., 80 miles due east of Memphis with a population of about 1,000, has a starring role in "The Lost Saints of Tennessee," the debut novel of Amy Franklin-Willis.
Image of South, TV linked on screen
Published 02/23/2012 at 6:28 p.m.
Nominated in Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories at tonight's Academy Award ceremonies, "The Help" brings Hollywood back to its favorite moment in the South, says University of Memphis communication professor Allison Graham, author of "Framing the ...
Historian Gordon S. Brown to talk at Rhodes College; 'Angel' author L. A. Weatherly comes to The Booksellers
Published 02/09/2012 at 6:40 p.m.
A triumphant moment in the 1997 movie "Good Will Hunting" was Matt Damon's verbal barroom takedown of a history grad student that includes the sentence, "You're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin' about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia ...