Nashville Public Library presents Nashville Writers Circle, hosted by John Siegenthaler and Will Akers. This event is presented in partnership with the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Guest authors are Robert Massie and Suzanne Kingsbury.
Books to be discussed:
Robert K. Massie
Robert Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he read Modern History. Mr. Massie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning exploration of the Russian Romanov dynasty includes Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great: His Life and World, The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. Massie has twice been a professor at Princeton University, has served as the Mellon Professor of Humanities at Tulane University, and was a long-serving trustee of Vassar College. Mr. Massie lives in Irvington, NY with his wife Deborah Karl and three children.
Suzanne Kingsbury was born in Baltimore, Maryland, raised in New England and came south to begin her literary career. Her critically-acclaimed first novel The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me is set in the Mississippi Hill country one steamy summer after the death of a black horse trader. It has been translated widely abroad and appeared on independent booksellers’ bestseller lists across the country. She also wrote The Gospel According to Gracey, which was optioned for film by Anne Hathaway. Kingsbury has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship, was the recipient of the Oxford Town short fiction award and has been in residence at Yaddo, Ledig, a Room of Her Own, and as a writer-in-residence at universities and colleges nationwide.
Nashville Public Library presents Nashville Writers Circle, hosted by John Siegenthaler and Will Akers. This month’s Circle is presented in partnership with Humanities Tennessee and the Southern Festival of Books. Guest authors are Rick Bragg and Roy Blount, Jr.
Books to be discussed:
Rick Bragg is the author of three critically acclaimed and best-selling books, All Over but the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown. A native Alabamian, Bragg says he learned to tell stories by listening to the masters, the people of the foothills of the Appalachians. Bragg’s books have become anthems in his native South, honoring the poor and working people, and have struck a chord with readers everywhere. As a national correspondent for The New York Times, Bragg won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, for which the committee cited his elegantly written stories about contemporary America. Currently, Bragg is a Professor of Writing in the Journalism Department at the University of Alabama.
Roy Blount, Jr.
Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty-three books, about everything from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking. A contributing writer of Oxford American, he writes a regular column for Garden and Gun, and has done so in the past for Esquire, The New York Times, and The Atlanta Journal, among others. This work has taken him to China, Uganda, Iceland and all but two states. Via various media he has reported on the Civil Rights Movement, the Ku Klux Klan, Saturday Night Live in its prime, Elvis’s funeral, an Olympics and several World Series and Super Bowls, and the 1992 Presidential election. He has jumped out of a plane, graduated (conditionally) from race-car driving school, scuba-dived with sharks, sung on stage (as a member of the authors’ rock band Rock Bottom Remainders) with Bruce Springsteen and Stephen King, caught catfish with his bare hands in Illinois; and ridden a camel in Kenya, a dolphin in the Florida Keys, and an elephant in L.A. He comes from Decatur, Georgia and lives in western Massachusetts.
August 25, 2013 – Becca Stevens and E. Thomas Wood visited Nasvhille Writers Circle. Watch or listen to the discussion, hosted by Will Akers and John Siegenthaler.
Nashville Public Library presents Nashville Writers Circle, hosted by John Seigenthaler and Will Akers. This month’s guest authors are Becca Stevens and E. Thomas Wood.
Books to be discussed:
Snake Oil, by Becca Stevens
An assortment of E. Thomas Wood’s local history articles (PDF)
Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and the founder of Nashville’s Magdalene, a residential community that provides housing, medical attention, education and employment opportunities to marginalized women.
She will discuss her new book Snake Oil, which details her experiences as founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, two nonprofits that help give purpose and healing to women who have endured sex trafficking, prostitution and sexual abuse.
E. Thomas Wood
E. Thomas Wood is a writer living in Nashville, his hometown. His books include Nashville: An American Self-Portrait (co-edited with John Egerton) and Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust. Tom’s investigative, business and historical journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He is presently at work on a biography of Frank Maxwell Andrews, the Nashville native and American general for whom Andrews Air Force Base is named. Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an M.Phil. degree in European Studies from the University of Cambridge.
April 7, 2013 - Jay McInerney and Gary Fisketjon visited Nashville Writers Circle. Listen to the discussion, moderated by John Seigenthaler and William M. Akers.
January 27, 2013 - David Maraniss and Cecelia Tichi visited Nashville Writers Circle. Listen to the discussion, moderated by John Seigenthaler and William M. Akers.
Books to be discussed
- How It Ended by Jay McInerney
- Max Perkins by A. Scott Berg
Jay McInerney is the critically acclaimed author of eleven books – eight of which are works of fiction. Time Magazine cited his first bestselling novel, Bright Lights, Big City (1984), as one of nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century.
His other novels are Ransom (1985), Story of My Life (1988), Brightness Falls (1992), The Last of the Savages (1996), Model Behavior (1999) and The Good Life (2006). Described as “McInerney’s most fully imagined novel as it is his most ambitious and elegiac” by The New York Review of Books, McInerney’s most recent novel The Good Life also received the Grand Prix Literaire at the Deauville Film Festival in 2007.
How It Ended (2009), a collection of short stories spanning his entire career, was named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times.
From 1980 to 1986, Gary Fisketjon was an editor at Random House and Vintage Books, where he created the Vintage Contemporaries fiction series; for four years he was Editorial Director of the Atlantic Monthly Press; and since then he has been Vice President and Editor-at-Large of Alfred A. Knopf.
Among the writers he has worked with are Julian Barnes, Dennis Bock, Peter Carey, Raymond Carver, Martin Clark, Annie Dillard, Andre Dubus, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Ford, Tim Gautreaux, Martha Gellhorn, Kent Haruf, Patricia Highsmith, Michel Houellebecq, Beverly Lowry, Jim Lynch, Cormac McCarthy, Jay McInerney, Haruki Murakami, Alix Ohlin, Jonathan Raban, Adam Ross, Richard Russo, Jim Shepard, Mark Spragg, Graham Swift, Donna Tartt, Gore Vidal, Joy Williams, Jeanette Winterson, Geoffrey Wolff, Tobias Wolff, and Steve Yarbrough.