Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Your Favorite Literary Character: Is it Jane?

Maria Browning walks in the woods, and you can tell; the stillness and depth of the forest breathe through her words. She’s a beautiful writer who teaches creative nonfiction classes at The Porch, Nashville’s Independent Center for Writing, and contributes regularly at Chapter 16, a website devoted to the literary culture of Tennessee. Today, she agreed to be the closer for Bacon’s Summer Series.   …

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February 27, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Celebrity Pals at The Porch

I interrupt your conversation about the Oscars to bring today’s news of a wonderful Nashville fundraiser featuring celebrity pals… but first, about the Oscars. Is anyone else feeling a profound sense of relief – I’ve made lots of mistakes, big mistakes, but thank God I didn’t make that mistake – ?  No mistake about it, Susannah Felts and Katie McDougall brighten Nashville’s literary scene through …

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January 14, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

City on Fire: Guest Post by Katie McDougall

Book Title: City on Fire

When I was growing up, I never thought much about authors.  I only ever cared about the books (Misty of Chincoteague!  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!  Later, The Count of Monte Cristo!).  If I’m being honest, I’d have to say that persisted through at least my twenties (One Hundred Years of Solitude! The Unbearable Lightness of Being!).  Only as I’ve gotten older have I become …

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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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