George Singleton author of Between Wrecks

06/15/2014 2:00 pm

Novelist George Singleton Reads & Signs his newest book, Between Wrecks. 

 

" The] unchallenged king of the comic Southern short story." --"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

"George Singleton writes about the rural South without sentimentality or stereotype but with plenty of sharp-witted humor. . . . A raconteur of trends, counter-trends, obsessions and odd characters."--NPR "Morning Edition"

"Thank God for George Singleton, who makes us laugh and makes us think."--"The Times-Picayune"

There's a place just down the way where a trip to the salvage yard reveals infidelity and theft. There's another where an unlicensed entomologist celebrates his freedom with a compulsive liar while a manhunt ensues on the streets outside. Places where a con man and his nephew sell stolen parachutes to veterans in case the ground beneath them should suddenly give way and where Chuck Norris's face graces only the walls of the finest trailers. A place where tongues get left in rental cars and a place where everyone insists an absolute stranger is your boyhood friend.

Between Wrecks takes readers on a raucous bar crawl through an America both startlingly familiar and hilariously absurd, examining paranoia, fear, relentless "truths," longstanding personal habits gone awry, and what it means to look toward a horizon that may or may not be a mirage.

George Singleton is the author of two novels and five short story collections, including "Stray Decorum." A 2013 SIBA Book Award finalist, his work has appeared in "Atlantic Monthly," "Harper's Magazine," and "Playboy." A former Guggenheim Fellow, he was awarded the Hillsdale Award for Fiction by the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2011. He holds an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently teaches writing at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. He lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

 

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517 Union Ave
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Knoxville
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Tennessee
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37902
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United States

Karen Spears Zacharias author of Mother of Rain

06/24/2014 6:00 pm

“Maizee Hurd was an easy target for hard times,” according to Burdy Luttrell, the town healer. Burdy is a Melungeon woman with striking features and mysterious ways. She owns the land the Hurds leased following their marriage on June 3, 1940. Maizee moved upriver at the age of ten after tragedy struck, and she was sent off to be raised by a childless aunt and her doctor husband. Shortly after Maizee’s ferry boat arrival in the rural mountain community of Christian Bend—carrying only a small suitcase, her mama’s Bible, and her doll Hitty—the young girl began hearing the voices that would continue to torment her. It was the tender love of her husband Zeb and their shared passion for the Appalachian hills and rivers of East Tennessee that helped quiet the voices. But, as World War II tears through Europe, and Zeb prepares for deployment, Maizee’s life is rocked by the ripples of war. Despite the love that carried her through the birth of their son, Rain, and the boy’s subsequent illness that rendered him deaf, Maizee can’t silence the demons in her own head. The voices have returned with a vengeance and a plan. This is Zacharias's debut historical novel.

While conducting the research for Mother of Rain, Zacharias relied heavily on the oral archives at the Appalachian Center at East Tennessee State University and Dr. Michael Montgomery’s Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English. For the sequel, now underway, Zacharias made trips to Normandy, France. She was also able to attend a family reunion during this latest trip South. “The gathering at Christian Bend was great research for the sequel to Mother of Rain,” she said. “I come from a long-line of storytellers.”

Karen Spears Zacharias has carved a brilliant gem of a novel out of hard, uncompromising times and lives. Her remote mountain setting conceals misery, mystery, and madness—but also love, which comes in many forms. Zacharias examines these intertwined lives with great compassion and daring; she is a wonderful writer.--Lee Smith

Karen Spears Zacharias captures the humor, spirituality and language of Appalachia with stunning authenticity, through characters that leap off the page. With Mother of Rain, Zacharias has done her part to help preserve our mountain heritage for future generations.--Amy Greene

Karen Spears Zacharias is a daughter of Appalachia, a descendant of founding families of Hawkins County, Tennessee. She learned the craft of storytelling from her aunt Cil Christian of Christian Bend, Tennessee. She is the author of A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of Murder. Zacharias has written for Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, and National Public Radio. Zacharias teaches at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and blogs at Patheos.com.

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517 Union Ave
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Knoxville
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Tennessee
Postal Code:
37902
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United States

Jennie Chapman Linthorst author of Silver Girl

06/29/2014 2:00 pm
06/29/2014 4:00 pm

Sunday June 29th 2-4 pm Knoxville native Jennie Chapman Linthorst will do a reading from her new book, Silver Girl, and will lead us through an inspiring writing exercise guaranteed to be a unique, memorable experience for all.

 

Jennie Chapman Linthorst, MA, CAPF, is the founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy, working privately with individuals and groups exploring their personal histories through reading and writing poetry.  Jennie is the author of two books of poetry published by Cardinal House Publishing.  Her newest book, Silver Girl, captures the legacy of Jennie's early loss of her mother in childhood, and the sturdy adult life built from that experience. Her first book, Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope, chronicles her first years as a mother of a child with special needs. Her poetry has been featured in Edison Literary Review, Forge, Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, Kaleidoscope and Bluestem magazines.  Her work has been featured online at Hopeful Parents, Our Journey Through Autism, Wellsphere, The SPD Blogger Network, and WOW! Women on Writing.

More information can be found at www.lifespeakspoetrytherapy.com

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517 Union Ave
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Knoxville
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Tennessee
Postal Code:
37902
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United States

Jon Sealy author of The Whiskey Baron

06/23/2014 6:00 pm

Book signing with Jon Sealy reading from his new novel, The Whiskey Baron

 

Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull’s liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a man named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull’s runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers’s investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane’s family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county’s underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don’t do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it.

Hailed as a “grand new talent” (Bret Lott) and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” (Ron Rash), Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law.

 

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Street:
517 Union Ave
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City:
Knoxville
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Province:
Tennessee
Postal Code:
37902
Country:
United States
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