Todd S. Purdum, author of An Idea Whose Time has Come

04/23/2014 3:00 pm

Book signing and reading with Todd S. Purdum author of An idea Whose Time has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


A top Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that created modern America, on the fiftieth anniversary of its passage

It was a turbulent time in America—a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, a March on Washington and a governor standing in the schoolhouse door—when John F. Kennedy sent Congress a bill to bar racial discrimination in employment, education, and public accommodations. Countless civil rights measures had died on Capitol Hill in the past. But this one was different because, as one influential senator put it, it was “an idea whose time has come.”

In a powerful narrative layered with revealing detail, Todd S. Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen, Purdum shows how these all-too-human figures managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support. He evokes the high purpose and low dealings that marked the creation of this monumental law, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of new interviews that bring to life this signal achievement in American history.

About the Author


Todd S. Purdum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. He previously spent more than twenty years at The New York Times, where he served as diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, the political commentator and former White House press secretary, and their two children.

 

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Knoxville
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Tennessee
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Poet Kimberly L. Becker 'The Dividings'; Poet Bethany White 'Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants'

04/27/2014 2:00 pm

Kimberly L. Becker reading from her new collection of poetry, The Dividings joined by Bethany White reading from her latest collection of poetry, Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants


THE DIVIDINGS takes the reader on a journey from "setting out" to "crossing over," with junctures along the way that demand or invite attention and decision. "Kimberly L. Becker's THE DIVIDINGS threads a substantial journey of truth and challenging matters, richly invoking Blue Ridge crests to shoulder balance of parallel planes at either side. Becker deftly secures the way in half-hitch knotted lead trails while tying branches down to bend them supple, mapping out our course-way through decisions she must make. It is cartography, this book, every area experience gives narrative steeped in poetic device with the capacity of harboring human in the between. This is a volume that brings me back where I am most home and takes me unexpected places in the quick flight of return. This invitation is a mountain of verse, well worth the climb. A beautiful work."-Allison Hedge Coke

About the Author


Kimberly L. Becker is author of two poetry collections, Words Facing East (2011) and The Dividings (2014), both from WordTech Editions. Her work appears widely in journals such as the “Native American Women’s Poetry” folio in Drunken Boat and in an upcoming issue of Fulcrum focusing on Native/Mixed writers, as well as anthologies, including Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), for which Kimberly read at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, DC, and Indigenous Message on Water (Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace, 2014). Kimberly was recipient of a 2011 Individual Artist Award in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council and a prior grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland funded her study of Cherokee language, history, and culture in Cherokee, NC. She has also been awarded residencies at Hambidge and Weymouth and was a featured reader at The Florida Review’s “Native Writers in DC” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Kimberly’s interviews with other Native writers appear at Eclectica and her reviews have been published here at Blackbird, as well as Eclectica, among other venues. She has also published essays at Yellow Medicine Review and Talking Stick, as well as fiction at Dead MuleParting Gifts, and SNReview. Kimberly also writes for the Cherokee Youth in Radio Project, adapting traditional Cherokee stories into plays and her interview with the Project’s Instructor, EBCI member Shawn Crowe, was published at Eclectica. Kimberly’s son, Alex Becker, has begun his own literary career with publications at Future Earth Magazine and Yellow Medicine Review. For more on Kimberly and her writing, please visit www.kimberlylbecker.com


 

New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee--these are the regions and places that provide both content and context for "Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants." White's poetry takes a timely look at why tradition, race, and economics across regional lines continue to have relevance for Americans in the twenty-first century. Her narrative journey is at once personal and universal in scope and a must-read for anyone who has made that sojourn across the Mason-Dixon Line.

 

About the Author


Artress Bethany White earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. from New York University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky. She is Associate Professor of English at Carson-Newman University. Her poetry has recently appeared in Harvard Review, Appalachian Journal, MELUS, and Black Renaissance Noire as well as other journals and anthologies. She is the recent recipient of a post-doctoral faculty fellowship from the Appalachian College Association for the 2014-2015 academic year. Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants is her first collection of poetry.

 

 

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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

LOCAL LITERARY LIGHTS at the Dogwood Arts Festival

04/26/2014 11:00 am
04/26/2014 2:30 pm

LOCAL LITERARY LIGHTS at the Dogwood Arts Festival including authors Sam Venable, Vince Vawter, Jenny Moshak & Debby Schriver, Lin Stepp & J.L. Stepp, John Hodges, Jack Neely, and Kim Trevathan

 

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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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