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.