Books

11:34am

Thu April 24, 2014
Books

Townley’s ‘Defiant’ Uncovers History of POW/MIA Movement

WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Atlanta author Alvin Townley.  His latest book is Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned.  It recounts the true story of 11 American soldiers who were imprisoned under especially harsh conditions, and it explains how their wives founded the POW/MIA movement to help free them.

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3:30pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Books

‘We Are a Country of Cults’: A Conversation with Jonestown Survivor Laura Kohl

Laura Johnston Kohl was a member of the People's Temple in 1978 when Jim Jones led more than 900 people to commit mass suicide.  In this extended interview, WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Kohl about getting involved in the group, surviving the massacre, rebuilding her life afterward, and why she says the United States is a country of cults today.

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5:24pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Happenings

Exhibition of Hand-Made Artists' Books Opens at Hunter Museum

An exhibition opening 3/28 at the Hunter Museum of American Art features 12 hand-made books from artists interested in re-inventing the book. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to Ellen Simak, the curator for the exhibition, who makes books herself.  The exhibition will be on display at the Hunter until June 14, 2014.

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10:44am

Fri March 14, 2014
Community

Would You Like To Make a Book? Dombrowski Hosting 'Artist Books' Events 3/14 & 15

What is a book? Most of us would have a ready answer for that question, but Chattanooga artist Bob Dombrowski wants to complicate it. In the past thirty years he has created more than 100 “artist books.” Simply put, an artist’s book is whatever the artist decides it is.

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9:00am

Fri March 7, 2014
Books

Chattanooga Native Bill Dedman Co-Authors ‘Empty Mansions’ Bestseller

MEET THE AUTHOR: Bill Dedman will be in Chattanooga on Tuesday, March 11th to sign books and give a presentation at the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild Meeting.  The event is free and open to the public, and will take place 6:30pm – 8pm at the Chattanooga Public Library downtown.

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8:42am

Thu March 6, 2014
Books

What Frank Tavares, the ‘Voice of NPR,’ is Doing Today

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.

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6:05pm

Wed February 26, 2014
Books

Why Kjerstin Gruys Shunned Mirrors For A Year

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.

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11:27am

Tue February 25, 2014
Books

A Hitchhiker Guided by the Cherokee: Jerry Ellis Discusses 'Two Wolves'

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Jerry Ellis’ first book, Walking the Trail: One Man’s Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears. He’s written eight more books since then, all largely autobiographical, inspired by his adventures walking and hitchhiking across the country.

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6:33pm

Thu February 20, 2014
Southern Lit

Does Southern Lit Include Florida? And Other Tangents With Tim Dorsey

“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

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9:24am

Mon February 3, 2014
Charles & 'Charge'

Southern Lit: A Long Conversation with Charles McNair

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.

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1:51pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Books

Elizabeth Cline Unravels the ‘Fast Fashion’ Industry in ‘Overdressed'

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Cline's lecture at Dalton State College on 1/30 has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

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4:53am

Mon January 20, 2014
Community

Technology, Telepathy & Uploading Memories: Dr. Michio Kaku Previews ‘The Future of the Mind’

Kaku in February 2012
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Dr. Michio Kaku’s new book The Future Of The Mind: The Scientific Quest To Understand, Enhance, And Empower The Mind will be released in February.   He’ll visit the Chattanooga State Community College campus on January 23rd to give Scenic City residents a preview of his new book.

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11:16am

Tue January 14, 2014
Books

Hashe Signing Copies of 'The Ex Club Tong Pang' 1/18

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.

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1:46pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Best New Read

History Speaks in ‘Voices of Cherokee Women’

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.

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10:15am

Thu December 12, 2013
Community

Linda Bullard Recalls Past As Teen Mother to Help Others Understand Choices

Linda Murray Bullard
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Linda Murray Bullard, a teenage mother in the 1970's, learned to make choices that would set her life on a positive course of improvement. 

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