Books

2:58pm

Tue June 4, 2013
A Guide For Would-Be Rock Stars

Svenonius’s ‘Supernatural Strategies’ Involve Spaghetti-Slinging Specters & Marxist Music Musings

Ian Svenonius's book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group was published in 2013.
Credit Akashic Books

Ian Svenonius is a singer who fronted  Weird War, The Make-Up, The Nation of Ulysses and other Washington, D.C. hardcore and indie groups. Yet he claims his book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group doesn't draw on his own personal knowledge. Instead, the book contains advice from the Great Beyond. Ghosts communicate with him in bizarre ways, such as tossing spaghetti against a wall, and share unconventional, Marxist interpretations of popular music's evolution. In this interview, Svenonius and WUTC's Michael Edward Miller talk about the book (and play and discuss several of his songs.)

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1:48pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Ultimate In Local Food?

Can A Backyard Feed A Whole Family? Suburban Homesteaders Try

Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions, by by Oscar H. Will and Karen K. Will gives practical advice to homesteaders.

Homesteading dates back to the pioneer days (remember Little House On The Prairie?), when families grew much of their own food on their own land.  In the modern version, homesteaders avoid grocery stores by planting backyard gardens and raising pigs, rabbits and other animals for meat.  In this segment, WUTC visits Monica and Byron DeLoach, homesteaders who live in North Georgia.

Oscar Hank Will, author of Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions, also joins in the conversation.

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3:41pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Southern Lit

Rambles With Roy: One Of NPR’s Funniest Southern Voices Cuts Loose

Roy Blount, Jr., photographed at the 2007 Texas Book Festival
Credit © 2007 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Roy Blount, Jr. is a prolific Southern author and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Often funny, occasionally cantankerous, he joins WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller for a loose, meandering chat.  Blount discusses his books, being a Southern expat and participating in the Celebration Of Southern Literature.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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)

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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