Books

11:07am

Wed May 8, 2013
Book Signing

Punk Musician/Author Ian Svenonius Visits Chattanooga May 10

Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group (Akashic Books, 2013)

Ian Svenonius is coming to the Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore in downtown Chattanooga on Friday, May 10th, to promote his book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group.  The book is a music-industry satire.  The publisher says, “Pretending to be a ‘how-to" guide for aspiring rock stars, this book fuses a meticulously researched sociopolitical examination of the history of rock and roll music with the author's trademark humor and cutting wit.”

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4:52pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

‘She Who’: Dorothy Allison On Writing, Teaching & Her Next Novel

In 2012, the 20th anniversary edition of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out Of Carolina was published.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Southern author Dorothy Allison.

In this interview, celebrated Southern author Dorothy Allison looks back on her novel Bastard Out Of Carolina, which was published more than twenty years ago (and was nominated for a National Book Award).  Readers discover (or re-discover) it every year--it’s both wildly humorous and shockingly brutal.  In this interview, Allison talks about using her own family legends as source material.  Allison also talks about leaving the South, teaching young writers, and discusses her long-in-progress new novel She Who.

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3:22pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

Maurice Manning’s Poetry Explores Changing Southern Landscapes

Maurice Manning's poetry collection The Common Man was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews poet Maurice Manning.

Kentucky native Maurice Manning is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature (April 17 – 20), where he was inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Authors.  In this segment, Manning reads a selection from his new yet-to-be published book, talks about working Southern characters and narratives into his poems, and explains why he never met another living poet until he was in college.

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3:42pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Celebration of Southern Lit

A Conversation With Playwright Katori Hall

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller has an in-depth conversation with playwright Katori Hall.

Memphis native Katori Hall is an actress, writer and playwright.  She's won numerous awards, and her play The Mountaintop ran on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.  Katori Hall is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature, which takes place April 17th, 18th and 19th.  In this interview, Hall discusses how The Mountaintop humanizes Martin Luther King, Jr., how she joined the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and what she'll be doing at the Celebration.

5:41pm

Fri April 5, 2013
April 18th, 19th & 20th

Fans Welcome At Celebration Of Southern Literature April 18 - 20

An interview with Susan Robinson, Executive Director of the Southern Lit Alliance, about the upcoming Celebration of Southern Literature in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This biennial literary gathering used to be called the Conference On Southern Literature.  It draws major Southern authors.  But it's also open to fans--in fact, fans have always been welcome to attend.  This year, organizers have changed the event's name to the Celebration of Southern Literature to emphasize that the public is welcome.  Executive Director Susan Robinson expects the event to draw more than forty authors and a thousand fans to the Tivoli in Chattanooga.

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4:24pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Book Preview

Arthur Golden (Finally!) Has A New Novel Coming Out. Here's What He Told WUTC.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Arthur Golden, a Chattanooga native who wrote the bestseller 'Memoirs Of A Geisha.'

In 1997, Arthur Golden's smash bestseller Memoirs Of A Geisha was published.   Since then, Golden's fans have eagerly awaited a follow-up.  Golden says his new novel, set in 19th-century Amsterdam and North America, will be published next year.  He stopped by WUTC recently and gave details about the story (and why he's taken so long writing it.)

4:42pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Baseball Season

Forgotten History: Fifty Years Ago, The Lookouts Finally Integrated

Baseball In Chattanooga, by David Jenkins (Arcadia Publishing)

David Jenkins, a baseball historian, joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to talk about Chattanooga Lookouts legends and lore, such as the Lookouts' first integrated team half a century ago.  Jenkins is a sports reporter for the Chattanoogan.com, and Arcadia published his book Baseball In Chattanooga.

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2:07pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Music Lit

Teddy Wayne Invents 'Jonny Valentine,' A Tween Idol For Adults

New York author Teddy Wayne talks about his novel 'The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine.' Wayne is coming to Chattanooga March 21st for the Meacham Writers' Workshop.

Teddy Wayne's novel The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine is a deft mix of pop-culture criticism and slick literary craft.  Jonny, the protagonist/narrator, is a tween singer similar to Justin Bieber, and he's savvy enough to understand he exists solely as a marketing tool.  Only eleven years old, his star is already fading.  The novel is meant for adults—it’s a scathing satire of the music industry's hype machine.  Critics are praising it.  

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5:47pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Southern Lit

Rising Literary Talent Jamie Quatro Shows Us ‘More’

I Want To Show You More, by Jamie Quatro (Grove Press)

Jamie Quatro, author of 'I Want To Show You More,' joins WUTC for an interview.

Grove/Atlantic published Barry Hannah, Charles Frazier and other celebrated Southern authors.  Now, Grove/Atlantic is adding Jamie Quatro to their roster.  Quatro’s debut collection of short stories, I Want To Show You More, comes out in March, and she visited WUTC for an interview.

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6:13am

Thu February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine's Day

StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay Talks About Love Stories

All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps came out in paperback in December 2012.

 

   Dave Isay from StoryCorps talked to WUTC's Michael Edward Miller about the appeal of hearing couples' how-they-met stories.  Such tales are collected in the book All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps.

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10:42am

Mon February 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

Tennessee's Poet Laureate Coming To Chattanooga Feb. 12

Tennessee’s official Poet Laureate, Margaret Britton Vaughn, will speak at a Chattanooga Writer's Guild meeting at the Downtown Public Library in Chattanooga on February 12th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

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10:15am

Wed January 23, 2013
On Human Nature

Author of 'Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You' to Speak at UTC

Augustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame
Credit Courtesy of the University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Professor Augustin Fuentes will deliver a lecture at UTC tomorrow called “It’s Not All Sex and Violence.” 

The lecture is scheduled from 2p.m. to 4p.m. on January 24 at the University Center Auditorium at UTC.

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1:48pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Local Lit & Lore

‘Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge’ Quickly Became Bestseller

Moon Over Taylor's Ridge by Janie Dempsey Watts, published by Little Creek Books (2012)

An interview with Janie Dempsey Watts.

Janie Dempsey Watts’s debut novel Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge hit the shelves of the Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore in Chattanooga last fall and became one of the store’s bestselling local books.  In this interview, Watts talks about the North Georgia legends and true history that inspired her.

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3:52pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Noir-El

Shane Berryhill’s ‘The Long Silent Night’ Is A Holiday Mashup

An interview with Shane Berryhill.

Shane Berryhill, a Chattanooga, TN resident and author of the Chance Fortune young-adult series, has a new novel intended for all ages.  The Long Silent Night is a Christmas noir tale starring a North Pole detective named Jack Frost.

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4:18pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Books

Addiction & Recovery Recounted In ‘Hooked’

A new book tells the true story of a Chattanooga woman who got so hooked on hydrocodone that she took between 30 and 40 pills a day. 

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