‘Your brain on literature’ a high for award-winning author George Saunders

Many people can still recall the old anti-drug commercials depicting an egg sizzling in a frying pan with the message, “This is your brain on drugs.” The antidote to that is a “brain on literature,” says award-winning short story author George Saunders. … More ‘Your brain on literature’ a high for award-winning author George Saunders

‘The Devil’s Bible’ brings Carpenter’s historical hero into the present

When readers last saw Mouse, the hero of Nashville author Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s debut novel Bohemian Gospel, she was locked up in a cell writing what would become known in some circles as the eighth wonder of the world, the Codex Gigas. Better known as THE DEVIL’S BIBLE, the real-life book also happens to be the name of Carpenter’s sequel… … More ‘The Devil’s Bible’ brings Carpenter’s historical hero into the present

Danielewski lets voices around him guide his words

Mark Danielewski’s novels are not for the timid, or the fearful. From the groundbreaking bestseller House of Leaves to National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, each book combines typographical experimentation—pages that read upside down, sideways, or at odd angles—with multiple viewpoint characters, creating an immersive experience like no other. His latest, The Familiar Volume 4: … More Danielewski lets voices around him guide his words

Soring controversy keys mystery in Jaden Terrell’s A Taste of Blood and Ashes

If you’re a writer or a fan of mystery novels in the Southeast, chances are you already know Jaden Terrell. Terrell has been an integral force behind the Killer Nashville Writers Conference along with founder Clay Stafford since 2006, has served as president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and is the regional president for Mystery Writers of America. But beyond that, Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and author of the Jared McKean private eye series. … More Soring controversy keys mystery in Jaden Terrell’s A Taste of Blood and Ashes

Alana White’s Come Next Spring a timeless story of growth, change

Nashville author Alana White’s first novel, Come Next Spring, is making a comeback after 25 years. First published in 1990 by Clarion, the book has been re-released with a 25th anniversary printing by Open Road Distribution, making it available to a whole new generation of readers as well as those who missed it the first time. … More Alana White’s Come Next Spring a timeless story of growth, change

National Book Award winner John Lewis inspires new generation with ‘March’

by G. Robert Frazier I was fortunate to be among hundreds of Nashville-area residents this past week to hear  American icon, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, recount his lifetime of civil rights struggles. A graduate of American Baptist College and Fisk University, both in Nashville, Rep. Lewis was a leader in the Nashville student-led, nonviolent sit-in movement … More National Book Award winner John Lewis inspires new generation with ‘March’