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 ...
Author! Author! Book signings and author appearances in the Mid-South
Published 10/21/2011 at 2:18 p.m.
It's a fiction writer's fairy tale to have a first story published in The New Yorker. Bobbie Ann Mason joined the rarefied ranks of literary Cinderellas at the age of 40, when her first was published in that estimable publication ...
'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.