Books

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.

Linda Murray Bullard

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. 

Christian J. Collier, a Chattanooga poet/musician, knows how to wow a crowd—he’s been invited to poetry slams in Atlanta and Nashville, and he hosts a local performance series, The Speakeasy.

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.

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.

Karen Gamble and clerical crime author Becky Wooley join us for an interview.  Both are Friends of the Library members.  The organization, which supports various Chattanooga Public Library programs, plans a book sale at Eastgate Town Center from September 21st to September 30th, and many local authors will participate.  

Author Karen Spears Zacharias has written for the New York Times and appeared on NPR as a commentatorMother of Rain, her sixth book and first novel, is Southern literature set in East Tennessee in the 1940s.

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 Dress is inspired by real seamstresses who worked at a Dunlap shirt factory in the 1970s.

Publisher's Weekly named The Color of Christ as one of the best religion books of 2012.  

 The imprint is called Tennessee Noir.

Photographer/pilot Ron Lowery has taken aerial photos of the Tennessee River from the Appalachian Mountains to Paducah, Kentucky. He is seeking Kickstarter support to publish a coffee table book, Tennessee River:  Sparkling Gem Of The South. 

Becky Wooley's Grit and Grace mystery novels feature amateur detectives Grit Griffin and Grace Willis, two churchgoing sleuths whose cases are often entangled with church drama and theological questions.

Murder, Intelligently Designed is the second book in the series,  a clerical crime novel that combines questions about faith and science with a whodunit plot.

Becky Wooley lives in Chattanooga, and is a minister's wife and former church secretary.   

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