Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 11, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Top Ten

Nashville’s 29th Annual Southern Festival of Books roars to life this weekend – Friday October 13th to Sunday the 15th – with authors and booklovers converging on War Memorial Plaza (and the Library) in high spirits! Brand new this year: Humanities Tennessee partners with Watkins College of Art to bring Handmade & Bound, celebrating the art of handcrafted zines, artist books, and all things printed …

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October 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Two New Books and Three Great Truths from the Southern Festival of Books

I brought home two new books and three great truths from the Southern Festival of Books.  More on the books later.  On the truths: these aren’t showstopper truths or brand new truths.  They are humble and quiet; you’ve met them before.  I was glad they gently tapped me on the shoulder this weekend, and I’m sending you their greetings today. 1. Words from a stranger can …

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October 14, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Gayle Forman, Leave Me (If I Stay)

Get ready for one of the Festival’s shiniest events!  Gayle Forman (If I Stay) will share the stage at War Memorial Auditorium with Curtis Sittenfeld (Eligible) on Saturday, October 15th from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Mary Laura Philpott of Parnassus and Penguin fame moderates the conversation (Penguins with People Problems).   Forman doesn’t shy away from the gritty details of motherhood in her first novel for adults, Leave Me.  Maribeth, the …

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October 13, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books: Chris Offutt (My Father, The Pornographer)

  Life can be messy.  And strange.  The brave among us try to figure some things out and share what they’ve learned.  Chris Offutt will read from his memoir My Father, The Pornographer at the Southern Festival of Books tomorrow (Friday, October 14th) from 1:00 to 2:00 in Legislative Plaza, Room 12.  Offutt has written episodes for True Blood and Weeds in addition to novels, short stories, and …

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October 12, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books: Top Picks

Three days, eight food trucks, 288 authors, performance stages, downtown vibe, perfect fall weather:  BAM!  It’s the Southern Festival of Books.  Check out the schedule to see the host of terrific authors coming to Nashville October 14-16.  Today’s post features my quick guide to some of the Festival’s best offerings. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14th The Future of Nashville Media Bruce Dobie, Ken Paulson, Kelly Gilfillan Friday, October 14, …

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October 10, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Helen Ellis, American Housewife

Book Title: American Housewife: Stories

Meet Helen Ellis, author of American Housewife: Stories.   “I think housewives are powerful and slightly deranged.  But so am I,” she told Vogue, laughing.  The stories in American Housewife beguile and entrance – and if they sometimes have an Alice in Wonderland quality, Ellis is the all-knowing Cheshire cat. Check out these titles: “What I Do All Day,” “Southern Lady Code,” “Hello! Welcome to Book Club” and …

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October 4, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King

I know I promised intel on the four terrific books I’ve been reading about China.  I need to pause on that for a moment and instead run a quick and dirty (yet also engaging and informative!) series leading up to the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville the weekend of October 14th.  With 288 authors coming to town in just a week and a half, …

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October 23, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

For Bacon Readers: Thought Experiment #2, On Marriage (Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff)

Book Title: Fates and Furies

If you’ve been reading Bacon this week, you might have made your list of What You Want.  Today, behind door #2, is your next question:  What Do You Want In Your Marriage?  The rules are the same this time around:  Nobody else’s needs count for purposes of this exercise.  What Do You Want In Your Marriage.  Put pencil to paper.   After you’ve answered, consider this:  Desires …

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October 9, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books: Hometown Hero Arne Weingart Visits from Chicago

Arne Weingart made quite an impression at his niece Sherrie Gordon Eisenman’s birthday party.  “I have vivid and fond memories of Arne singing folk songs at my party in December of 1965.  The playroom was full of wall to wall mattresses, made up with quilts for each 9-year-old guest.  Arne sat in the middle of the room playing his guitar and singing… The Sounds of Silence, Turn, …

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