Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 28, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Thanksgiving Special: The Testaments

I hope you find yourself in the company of people you like today, even if they sometimes make you crazy; I hope you find yourself at a bountiful table! I hope you enjoy a delicious Pinot Noir with your turkey – or sweet tea, if that’s your pleasure. I hope the marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole are perfectly puffed and browned. I hope the …

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November 14, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

History Informs the Future: Six Not To Miss in Nashville

Nashville hosts a week of remarkable authors beginning tonight. I thought you might like a gentle reminder, Bacon friends! Thursday night, 11/14, 6:30 pm: Portrait artist Michael Shane Neal at Parnassus (“Portrait Painting: My Point of View”).     Friday night, 11/15, 6:30 pm: Novelist and poet Erica Wright at Parnassus (“Famous in Cedarville”).       Saturday morning, 11/16, 11:00 a.m., Historians Walter Isaacson …

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October 27, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

A Streetcar Named Desire – Retold

Blanche DuBois is falling apart. Shaken – shattered – she’s left her home and moved to New Orleans to live with her sister Stella. There, Blanche falls under the sway of her sister’s husband, played with such heat by Marlon Brando in the 1951 movie. Things don’t end well.  Nashville Ballet brings a new version of the Tennessee Williams story to life November 1st to …

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October 19, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Special: So You Want to Be a Writer?

Ami McConnell – founder of WriterFest Nashville and former Editor-in-Chief and Vice President at Simon & Schuster – stops in this morning for a conversation about books, roots, and wings; heaven on earth; new directions; imposter syndrome; and Kind Is The New Classy (co-authored with Candace Cameron Burke). She offers advice to aspiring writers that seems to me the best I’ve ever heard.

October 6, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Downtown Nashville Special: The Bobby and The SFB

I’ve found a new favorite spot downtown –  the Café at the Bobby Hotel. At noon, you might enjoy a pretty salad or quiche with a girlfriend. Later in the day, you’ll want a sparkling Rosé and a cheese plate. There’s a stunning rooftop bar that I’ve only visited on a quiet afternoon, but I understand it’s quite a scene at night. All the while, …

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September 19, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Ann Patchett is In The House

Nashville friends, I bet you already know this, but just in case you don’t – Ann Patchett will talk about her new novel “The Dutch House” at Montgomery Bell Academy on Monday, September 23rd, at 6:15 pm. You’ll need to reserve a ticket if you’d like to go (click here). Books will be available for purchase, a day early; the official release date is September …

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September 1, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Bacon: Top Ten for Fall 2019

I love a list. I especially love a to-do list and the ecstatic feeling of crossing things off. Making a Top 10 list of recommended reading, on the other hand, gets harder each time I do it. What you should read right now is intensely personal… what are you dealing with in your life? What has your best friend just read? Which book has been …

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