'Lions of the West' author Robert Morgan holds Memphis signing
Published 10/06/2011 at 8:12 p.m.
Stopping by the roadside on an autumn day in the Shenandoah Valley, the writer Robert Morgan talked by phone about his new venture into American history, "Lions of the West."
Diana Abu-Jaber in Memphis to sign 'Birds of Paradise'
Published 09/15/2011 at 6:18 p.m.
In an interview posted on the Psychology Today website last week, Diana Abu-Jaber, author of "Birds of Paradise," says her inspiration for the story of a 13-year-old girl who drops out of her family and disappears was her memory of ...
Dining Review: Good to go on the Greenline
Published 09/15/2011 at 4:50 p.m.
The Shelby Farms Greenline has created a new dining public on two wheels in Memphis, and several spots along the path are catering to The Hungry Biker. Cheffie's opened in March, and Republic Coffee was already in place. Now add ...
Corey Mesler will sign new books at Burke's Book Store
Published 09/08/2011 at 7:39 p.m.
The prolific Memphis poet, short-story writer, novelist and reader Corey Mesler will introduce two new volumes at an event Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Burke's Book Store, which he co-owns with his wife, Cheryl.
Clyde Edgerton talks about 'Night Train' at Memphis library
Published 08/25/2011 at 6:09 p.m.
The segregated South of the 1960s was a tough place to negotiate -- confusing at best, life-threatening at worst -- as the Jim Crow laws that had made a virtual prison of daily public life began fading. Clyde Edgerton's 10th ...
Dining Review: Menu relies on pub standards at Bar None
Published 08/25/2011 at 6 p.m.
The narrow space on South Main that Circa restaurant once occupied -- squeezed between the entrances to the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art and Art Under a Hot Tin Roof -- is now occupied by Bar None Chef's ...
'Family Fang' author Kevin Wilson makes Memphis stop
Published 08/11/2011 at 6:18 p.m.
The author of "The Family Fang," a novel about performance artists who use their young children in their work, grew up in a family he describes as "strange in the ways that have helped me in being a writer."
From Scotland to the Delta: Author signs Mississippi John Hurt biography
Published 07/28/2011 at 6:08 p.m.
An ecological land-use consultant who lives in Scotland might seem miscast as biographer for the bluesman Mississippi John Hurt.
Dining Review: Oasis of local flavor on I-55 in Hernando
Published 07/28/2011 at 5 p.m. 1 Comment
The economy and gasoline prices being what they are, you're probably less likely to drive 20 miles from Memphis to get pizza or a sandwich than you were even just last year. But Buon Cibo, a local-food-movement oasis in Hernando ...
'Ladies and Gentlemen' author Adam Ross visits Memphis
Published 07/11/2011 at 1:50 p.m.
Public libraries are filling a vacant spot created by the disappearing independent bookstore. In Nashville, where Davis-Kidd Booksellers closed its doors last year, the public library was the setting last month for an appearance by local resident and national literary ...
Author of Karen Carpenter bio 'Little Girl Blue' in Memphis Thursday
Published 07/05/2011 at 5:03 p.m.
People of a certain age remember the 1983 death of the pop star Karen Carpenter at the age of 32 as their first notice that anorexia nervosa was a lethal disorder. It was a time when you still might hear ...
Dining Review: Circa earns bragging rights
Published 06/30/2011 at 6 p.m. 4 Comments
Sometimes service at a restaurant is so fluid and unintrusive, you forget about it. At the new Circa restaurant in Regalia on a Saturday night in June, we had the feeling that the ordering and arrival of food and drinks ...
'Mambo Kings' author Oscar Hijuelos makes appearance at Memphis library
Published 06/16/2011 at 7:38 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos will appear on the Central Library's Book Talk program Tuesday to discuss his memoir "Thoughts Without Cigarettes" (Gotham Books, $27.50).
Dining Review: Build your own at Cheffie's
Published 05/27/2011 at 4:45 a.m. 3 Comments
The High Point Terrace neighborhood south of Summer between Graham and Highland is anchored by a 1940s-era shopping center with a mauve fieldstone facade. It's a backdrop from another time, the image of post-war middle-class contentment. This illusion is immediately ...
Dining Review: Ronnie Grisanti's fresh take on Tuscan
Published 05/19/2011 at 3:25 p.m. 1 Comment
Ronnie Grisanti, in his perennial white chef's jacket and practical tennis shoes, is once again working the dining room of a restaurant that bears his name. After poring over family recipes that were 50 and 60 years old to recharge ...
Memphis poet included in 'Good Poems, American Places'
Published 05/03/2011 at 3:09 p.m.
If you’re a poet who has yet to find a national audience — as is the case with Memphis writer Corey Mesler — seeing one of your poems in a hardback book between the works of Emily Dickinson and William ...
Candace Bushnell, Meg Cabot will sign books in Memphis
Published 04/23/2011 at 10:19 a.m.
Carrie Bradshaw sprang into our collective consciousness in the late 1990s, as a sly but sincere writer whose newspaper column -- like the book, television series and movies that chronicled her fictional exploits -- was called "Sex and the City."
Madison Smartt Bell in town for River City Writers Series
Published 04/14/2011 at 8:18 p.m.
In the foreword to his 16th published work of fiction, Madison Smartt Bell writes: "Surely it is the most vicious and appalling story ever to pass through my hand to the page, so inevitably some people will hate it."
'Life of Pi' author Yann Martel makes Memphis stops
Published 03/05/2011 at 4:36 p.m.
Canadian writer Yann Martel, whose "Life of Pi" won the Man Booker Prize in 2002, will be at the Central Library at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, to talk about his new novel “Beatrice and Virgil” (Spiegel & Grau, $24, paperback $14). ...
Isabel Wilkerson talks about 'Warmth of Other Suns' at Memphis library
Published 02/24/2011 at 6:58 p.m.
The Great Migration of African-Americans in the 20th century is still a painful memory for many living, but it's steadily making the transition into history.
Grandson of 'Madeline' creator comes to Memphis with a sequel
Published 02/12/2011 at 12:47 p.m.
The spirited little girl introduced in the classic 1939 children's book "Madeline" has been given new life on the page by John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of the character's original creator, Ludwig Bemelmans.
Allan Gurganus is first speaker in 2011 River City Writers Series
Published 02/11/2011 at 12:33 p.m.
Admirers of Allan Gurganus’ first novel, “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” will be happy to learn that it was the beginning of a trilogy: The author is at work now on the second in the series, provocatively titled “The ...
Michael Oher signs his memoir at Davis-Kidd Booksellers
Published 02/10/2011 at 7:19 p.m.
It's hardly necessary to introduce Michael Oher to football fans, moviegoers or the average Memphian. His story drove Michael Lewis' 2006 book "The Blind Side," a narrative that was embellished in the 2009 movie of the same name.
Wendell Potter in Memphis Thursday to talk about 'Deadly Spin'
Published 01/06/2011 at 6:48 p.m.
One-time Memphis newspaper reporter Wendell Potter switched to public relations early in his career, earning a salary "deep into six figures" by the time he left his job at Philadelphia-based health insurer Cigna in 2008.
Dining Review: Lunchbox Eats goes back to school for creative sandwiches
Published 12/17/2010 at midnight
Lunchbox Eats, a block south of FedExForum on Fourth Street, is not the place for careful counters of calories. It is a great spot for diners who can abandon their cares as they devour bread, cheese, eggs, waffles, gravy and ...
Dining Review: Automatic Slim's tips its hat to South
Published 12/10/2010 at midnight
There is an antidote to the combination of low temperatures and high humidity we confront in a Memphis winter. It's taken orally, and it's called macaroni and cheese. At the Downtown restaurant Automatic Slim's Tonga Club, the homely remedy is ...
Celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl comes to Central Library in Memphis
Published 12/09/2010 at 2:17 p.m.
The librarian's librarian, Nancy Pearl, is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library -- where else? -- to counsel staffers about "reader's advisory," the art of guiding people to books that will suit their fancies.
Former University of Memphis teacher Gordon Osing signs poetry collection at Burke's Books
Published 11/14/2010 at 12:38 p.m.
The poet Gordon Osing is happy to reduce his everyday life in Eudora, Miss., to a few sentences:
Pat Conroy comes to Memphis with 'My Reading Life'
Published 10/31/2010 at 9:02 a.m.
In his homage to the literary life, the books Pat Conroy honors become characters as vivid and influential as the flesh-and-blood teacher, friends and family who introduced him to them.
Author Susan Straight in Memphis with 'Take One Candle Light A Room'
Published 10/15/2010 at 11:28 a.m.
Reviewers tend to imitate the uncomplicated writing of Susan Straight in their reviews of her work.
15-year-old author makes University of Memphis appearance
Published 10/07/2010 at 7:28 p.m.
St. George's Independent School sophomore Ehi Ike was inspired to write her first novel by an eighth-grade history lesson on the Trail of Tears, the infamous forced relocation of Native Americans from what is now the Deep South to "Indian ...
Mona Simpson signs "My Hollywood"
Published 09/16/2010 at 8:24 p.m.
California author Mona Simpson will talk about "My Hollywood" Sept. 17 when she appears on Central Library's Book Talk program.
Dr. Frank Thomas to sign 'Preaching With Sacred Fire'
Published 09/16/2010 at 6:48 p.m.
An important new anthology of African-American sermons -- eloquent, impassioned, sometimes scorching messages delivered by preachers in this country over the past 250 years -- was co-edited by Dr. Frank A. Thomas, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.
Author! Author! Emily Yellin with "Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us"
Published 08/30/2010 at 2:38 p.m.
"If you've ever been mildly frustrated, extremely irritated or driven just plain mad by automated customer service lines, rude telephone service representatives or agents who can't speak intelligible English, this book is for you."
Author! Author! Audrey Niffenegger and "Her Fearful Symmetry"
Published 08/30/2010 at 2:24 p.m.
The writer Audrey Niffenegger, author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Her Fearful Symmetry," will be at Burke's Book Store from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to sign the paperback edition of her second book.
Author! Author! Steve Stern with "The Frozen Rabbi"
Published 08/30/2010 at 2:22 p.m.
Critics have lavished exuberant praise on the work of Memphis-reared fiction writer Steve Stern. Still, his book sales have always been modest.
Author! Author! "Elvis Presley's Memphis"
Published 08/12/2010 at 6:08 p.m.
Full disclosure: The Commercial Appeal has a vested interest in one of the newest Elvis Presley books on the racks. Staff members Michael Lollar and Rosemary Nelms -- the former a gifted reporter and prose stylist, the latter a meticulous ...
Author! Author! Books about Elvis
Published 08/05/2010 at 6:18 p.m.
It's August in Memphis, and that means Elvis Presley fans, family and friends will be gathering in the city to commemorate the King's death.
Author! Author! Pat Benatar with "Between a Heart and a Rock Place"
Published 07/01/2010 at 6:48 p.m.
Rock anthem belter Pat Benatar is touring two ways this summer. She'll be at Memphis Botanic Garden Friday night with REO Speedwagon as part of the "Live at the Garden" concert series, and earlier that day, she'll appear at a ...
Author! Author! Shelby Tucker with "The Last Banana"
Published 06/24/2010 at 6:58 p.m.
If you ask Shelby Tucker to explain the route his life took from Brownsville, Tenn., to Yale and Oxford universities, and then to India, London, Guatemala, Cuba, Portugal, Burma, Kenya, Croatia, New Zealand and Australia, among many other countries, he'll ...
Author! Author! Adam Ross and "Mr. Peanut"; Rebecca Skloot and "Henrietta Lacks"
Published 06/18/2010 at 6:16 p.m.
These are heady times for Adam Ross, author of "Mr. Peanut" (Knopf, $25.95). The Nashville-based author, an editor and writer for the alternative weekly Nashville Scene for several years and an English teacher at the girls' school Harpeth Hall for ...
Author! Author! Sebastian Junger and "War"
Published 06/11/2010 at 6:33 p.m.
Magazine journalist Sebastian Junger arrives in Memphis this week to sign and talk about his on-the-ground account of combat in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, "War,"now No. 5 on the New York Times nonfiction bestsellers list.
Author! Author! Taylor Grey and "A Wig for Ally"
Published 05/27/2010 at 6:38 p.m.
Her work as a volunteer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital inspired Memphis author Taylor Grey to write "A Wig for Ally" (Createspace, $15).
Author! Author! Joah Spearman and "Real Role Models"
Published 05/21/2010 at 3:08 p.m.
Austin, Texas-based writer Joah Spearman will be at Davis-Kidd Booksellers at 6 p.m. Tuesday to sign "Real Role Models: Successful African Americans Beyond Pop Culture" (University of Texas Press, $19.95), which he co-wrote with Louis Harrison Jr.
Author! Author! Nathaniel Philbrick and "The Last Stand"
Published 05/14/2010 at 1:58 p.m.
"The Last Stand," the new book by Nathaniel Philbrick about the fateful battle between George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull in 1876 at the Little Bighorn, begins by describing a riverboat trip up the Missouri River to Custer's headquarters in ...
Author! Author! Wayne Dowdy and "Hidden History of Memphis"
Published 05/06/2010 at 6:49 p.m.
"Hidden History of Memphis" (The History Press, $19.99) is an opportunity to get deep background on your city. Author Wayne Dowdy, archivist for the Memphis and Shelby County Room of the Memphis Public Library, will be discussing and signing his ...
Author! Author! Corey Mesler and Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Published 04/29/2010 at 6:58 p.m.
Burke's Book Store owner Corey Mesler will host his own appearance at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Mesler will read from two newly published novels, "The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores" (Bronx River Press, $15.95) and "Following Richard Brautigan" (Livingston Press, ...
Author! Author! Hampton Sides and "Hellhound on His Trail"
Published 04/23/2010 at 1:39 p.m.
James Earl Ray, among the most universally despised criminals in 20th-century history, is the subject of Hampton Sides' book "Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin" (Random House, $29).
Dining Review: High Standards at Fuel
Published 04/23/2010 at 12:05 a.m. 6 Comments
Fuel Cafe on Madison is the kind of place Midtown residents hope will flourish in their midst. The restaurant is located in what was once Hattley's garage, a 1920s-vintage building worthy of preservation. Now it has a patio where gasoline ...
Author! Author! David Sedaris at GPAC
Published 04/15/2010 at 6:28 p.m.
The reading tours David Sedaris conducts aren't just to promote his books. He told the audience when I saw him at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in 2003 that his appearances are part of his writing process; he ...