Mark Making, a Chattanooga organization which transforms under-served communities through art, has had a busy fall. The organization recently received a Community Foundation Grant to begin a mural in East Chattanooga. The mural will feature portraits of those in the community.
And these portraits are not only two-dimensional, but three-dimensional. Frances McDonald of Mark Making describes the process in this interview.
The Ex-Club Tong Pang by Janis Hashe/Twilight Times Books (2013)
In the relatively short time she has been in Chattanooga, Janis Hashe has realized several of her goals, including establishing a repertory company that has presented a number of Shakespeare's plays in a variety of locations such as Coolidge Park and Grace Episcopal Church. She also works as an editor for local weekly The Pulse, and teaches classes on theater at Chattanooga State. But one goal has eluded her for a long time.
Tennessee Tails: Pets and Their People, by Dr. Kathryn Primm
Dr. Kathryn Primm, a veterinarian who owns Applebrook Animal Hospital in Ooltewah, has written a memoir. It's a collection of short, true stories about her four-legged patients and the people who love them. Tennessee Tails: Pets and Their People is available from Amazon. Proceeds from the book's first year of sales will benefit the Chattanooga Humane Society and the Pet Placement Center.
Dacre Stoker is the great-grand-nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker. In this segment, Dacre discusses his famous ancestor's inspiration. Was Vlad the Impaler really the inspiration for the world's most famous vampire? Was one of Bram Stoker's brothers the inspiration for Van Helsing?
Chad Prevost runs C&R Press, a Chattanooga-based, nonprofit book publishing company. Prevost and C&R authors are keeping busy with the Fusebox reading series, the Meacham Writers’ Workshop, and more. For Prevost, it’s not enough to put books on a shelf—he also wants his company to be an active part of the community.
Local author and history buff Maury Nicely has written a regional guidebook, East Tennessee Walking Tour and Historic Guide. In this interview, Nicely and WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller talk about the trivia, state lore and historic locations featured in the book.
This week, the Americana music industry gathered at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to honor the best and brightest in its corner of the music world. Listen to a recording of the entire show, including performances by Shovels & Rope, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
Fifty-eight years ago, a Swiss photographer, Robert Frank, visited Chattanooga and photographed people going about their daily business downtown. He took fascinating snapshots of everyday life in 1955. But much more fascinating, at least for local photojournalist Billy Weeks, is that Frank failed to get any information about the people he photographed.
Random House recently published a new novel from Southern author (and Chattanooga resident) Susan Gregg Gilmore. She won acclaim for her first two novels, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove. The Funeral Dressis inspired by real seamstresses who worked at a Dunlap shirt factory in the 1970s.