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 ...
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
"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.
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 ...
Dining Review: Bold flavors executed well, Southern style
Published 02/09/2012 at 6:07 p.m.
At first glance, the menu at eighty3 food & drink is as dazzling as the room itself, which glows under halogen lights. There are 11 categories on the dinner list -- starting with bar snacks of nuts and bacon, progressing ...
Football star Michael Oher signs his memoir at Collierville
Published 02/06/2012 at 12:14 p.m.
The day Michael Oher signed “I Beat the Odds” a year ago at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, the store sold more than 1,200 copies. Oher’s publisher says 3,500 people attended the event. “That’s still unbelievable,” Oher says of the turnout. Now his ...
Dining Review: Hearty Italian chow at Ciao
Published 02/02/2012 at 6:44 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Saturday night, we were among a couple of dozen people queued up at Ciao Bella near the commercial heart of the Poplar corridor. A man and woman who arrived at the front desk ahead of us heard ...
Author Kim Edwards comes to Memphis for Literacy Is Key
Published 01/19/2012 at 7:08 p.m.
On tour with the paperback edition of her second novel, "The Lake of Dreams," Kim Edwards will stop in Memphis Thursday to appear at the second annual "Literacy Is Key" event.
Quiet Midtown life belied posh past
Published 01/08/2012 at midnight
During the last 25 years of his life, the photographer and graphic designer Jack Robinson worked in Memphis stained-glass studios, lived alone, and made no effort to inform the people around him about his glamorous past.
Time doesn’t dull travel stories of Memphian Richard Halliburton
Published 01/02/2012 at 1:59 p.m.
Calling one-time Memphian Richard Halliburton “America’s greatest adventurer” sounds like hyperbole — until you read a few chapters of “The Glorious Adventure,” subtitled “Through the Mediterranean in the Wake of Odysseus.”
Retracing the paths of flight pioneers
Published 12/08/2011 at 6:52 p.m.
The 40-year-old University Press of Mississippi is based in Jackson and supported by Mississippi's state universities, but its list of titles often embraces Memphis. Consider "Mayor Crump Don't Like It: Machine Politics in Memphis," for instance, or "You Must Be ...
Dining Review: Slider just beginning of Inn
Published 12/01/2011 at 4:30 p.m.
The Midtown intersection of Peabody and Cooper got a burst of vitality over the past decade as a diverse collection of businesses -- Midtown Yoga, the Eclectic Eye, Café 1912, the Nail and Skin Bar -- moved in and created ...
Hillary Jordan in Memphis to sign "When She Woke"
Published 11/27/2011 at 12:05 a.m.
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote "The Scarlet Letter" 150 years ago, and set it in colonial America 350 years ago, but contemporary author Hillary Jordan had an oddly easy time adapting the story for her current work.
Randall Kenan at University of Memphis; David Sedaris at GPAC
Published 11/03/2011 at 6:49 p.m.
The River City Writers Series will bring author Randall Kenan to the University of Memphis for a reading Monday and an interview Tuesday.
Memphians star in 'Memphians'
Published 10/27/2011 at 6:38 p.m.
If you're one of those Memphians who winces every time Forbes ranks cities, Richard Murff and Nautilus Publishing of Taylor, Miss., have a book for you. "Memphians" is a full-on counter-offensive to those Forbes' lists that include Memphis among the ...