Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 18, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Because You Asked: Report from Nashville’s Literary Death Match

You enter The Stone Fox not knowing what to expect.  It’s just a local spot, with a bar and some tables and overworked waitresses.  There’s an energy in the room, but it’s not all good.  You’re waiting for the blood sport – or whatever lies ahead – to begin.  Then the house lights go down, and the stage lights go up, and you realize you’re part …

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April 14, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

This is the New Nashville: Literary Death Match Comes to Town

This may be bloodier than Game of Thrones.  I’m going but expecting the worst.  Please join me tomorrow night for an evening that may horrify and/or delight!  Other cities enjoying the Literary Death Match in April and May include Austin, Los Angeles, Boston, and London (participants vary by city). Here’s what the organizers have to say: After an electric October debut, Literary Death Match is teaming with …

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January 9, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

This is The New Nashville!

Don’t get me wrong – I loved the old Nashville, a city big enough for both the Grand Ole Opry and the Swan Ball.  Plus a roller coaster!  I also love what we’re becoming – a city imagining all kinds of new collaborations and encouraging an even broader flourishing of the arts.  Last year, the Nashville Ballet and Symphony (along with the Minnesota Orchestra) co-commissioned a work by indie rocker Ben …

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December 3, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Today and Tomorrow: Andrew Maraniss and Perry Wallace Talk About the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

Have you ever noticed that the more you have to do, the more you get done?  It is simple and brilliant: just keep adding things to your calendar and your to-do list.  Somehow they all get done.  Until of course you find yourself huddled in a corner in the fetal position. If  you’re going to add anything to your calendar today or tomorrow, please consider …

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November 28, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Greatest Hits of 2014

Book Titles: In the Kingdom of Ice, The Untold Story of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, Strong Inside: The Collision of Race and Sports in the South, Orange is the New Black, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Us, Euphoria, The Goldfinch, Long Man

I hope Black Friday finds you cozy at home!  I’m impressed with your bravery if you’re headed to the mall, particularly Mean Hills.  The ladies mean business, especially about that parking space.  My advice to you:  concede the space and save yourself. Today’s post features a few ideas as the shopping madness commences.  For more (ideas, not madness), take a look at the books nominated for the …

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November 11, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

“I Have Been a Very Lonely Person at Vanderbilt”

Book Title: Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

So said Perry Wallace on March 8th, 1970, to young Tennessean reporter Frank Sutherland the day after Wallace played his last basketball game at Vanderbilt.  That interview made front page news the day the story ran:  Wallace had been a high profile athlete at Vanderbilt from the moment he signed on, the first black basketball player not only at Vanderbilt but in the entire Southeastern …

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