Frank Tavares is a fiction writer, college professor and former NPR announcer.
Credit Richard Glinka
For three decades, Frank Tavares was one of the most-heard voices on NPR stations. He’s the one who voiced NPR’s underwriting credits—those short “Support comes from….” statements that appear during shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Six months before her wedding, Kjerstin Gruys decided to do something that surprised her friends and family: she vowed to quit looking at herself in the mirror. For a year, she avoided her own reflection… and even on her wedding day, getting ready, she wouldn’t look at herself. By avoiding her reflection, she challenged her ideas and society's ideas about beauty.
She blogged about the experience, which garnered national attention, and then wrote a book.
“Ninety percent of our existence is tangents. So tangents are actually the real plot. But even more importantly, if you avoid a tangent you normally would have taken, you could create a rip in the quantum fabric of the universe”. –Serge Storms
Charles McNair's first novel, Land O' Goshen, was published in 1994 and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. McNair spent nearly two decades writing and rewriting his next book, Pickett's Charge.
Nominated for a 2014 Townsend Prize for Fiction, Pickett's Charge is the story of 114-year-old Civil War veteran Threadgill Pickett, who escapes from an Alabama nursing home and embarks on a wild, absurd, tragic quest for vengeance.
In the time she’s been living in Chattanooga, Janis Hashe has established a reputation as a theatrical director—she established a repertory company, Shakespeare Chattanooga, that has successfully presented a number of plays. She has worked as an editor for the local weekly, The Pulse. She’s taught classes on theatre at Chattanooga State, as well as leading informal seminars on among others, Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in a local teashop. And now she's published a novel.
Voice of Cherokee Women, edited by Carolyn Ross Johnston. John F. Blair, Publisher.
Carolyn Ross Johnston edited Voices of Cherokee Women, which recounts hundreds of years of Cherokee history through primary documents such as letters, diary entries, oral history transcriptions and newspaper articles. These documents vividly demonstrate how events such as the arrival of European missionaries, the Trail of Tears and the Civil War affected Cherokee women.
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.