Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

January 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Princess Leia On Her Way, Episode II: Help Me

“I was something men and women could agree on. They didn’t like me in the same way, but they liked me with the same intensity, and were all fine with the other sex liking me, too. Isn’t that weird? Think about it. And then stop and ponder something actually important,” Carrie Fisher writes about Princess Leia in The Princess Diarist. You can just hear her laughing! …

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December 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Readers’ Top Picks of 2016: This List is Lit!

Bacon readers from near and far have sent in their top picks of 2016, and I’m thrilled to share their rousing recommendations in this last post before Christmas!  Each contributor’s name is linked to a website of particular interest.  Without further ado, and with sincerest thanks to those who sent in their favorite reads of the year (Christina Apperson, Kobie Pretorius, Maria Browning, Ed Tarkington, Leslie Zmugg, Adam …

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May 4, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Margaret Atwood Spends Time in Local Sheriff’s Office; William Finnegan Surfs Through Nashville on His Way to a Pulitzer; Oh, and Jane Smiley Drops By

Book Titles: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, The Heart Goes Last, The Hundred Years Trilogy

If you’ve got three minutes – literally, three – and need a tiny refreshing break from the Mayhem, check out a newly released interview with Margaret Atwood, part of Nashville Public Television’s revitalized Word on Words series.  Margaret Atwood did some time with author J.T. Ellison at the Jerry Newsom Center, talking about herself and her latest book, The Heart Goes Last.  “I don’t think I’m fearless, …

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December 12, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Bacon: Eat a Scone Instead?

Book Title: Do Unto Animals

I recently enjoyed every moist, buttery crumble of the Best Scone of My Entire Life at Nashville’s new Dozen Bakery, located down by Fort Negley.  I chose the pear rosemary, though I was tempted by the cornmeal cherry.  I bought a pumpkin cranberry muffin for “later” (in the car on the way home, as it turns out).  Is it even possible that it was as good as the …

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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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