Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 21, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Julian Barnes is In The House!

Book Title: Flaubert's Parrot

Vanderbilt does it again, bringing serious star power to Nashville through its Chancellor’s Lecture Series!  The lecture is free and open to the public, and you might want to arrive on the early side this Wednesday evening, March 23d, to meet Julian Barnes, often described as one of Britain’s most brilliant and sophisticated novelists.  (Event details at the end of the post.)  Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 for …

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January 28, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

“History is Coming For You. Do You Hear It, Coming Up Behind You in the Dark?” (The Incarnations, by Susan Barker)

Book Title: The Incarnations

  The good professor, Roger Moore, brings Vanderbilt to Bacon today with his engaging review of The Incarnations, by Susan Barker.   (Thanks Roger!  I love it when you do that!)  He illuminates a darkly fascinating novel that you’ll want to know about… From Roger: My grandparents believed in reincarnation.  The wall of books in their study was filled with theosophical tomes, Buddhist treatises, and …

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April 7, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Roger Moore: Notes from Vanderbilt in Spring

Book Title: The Stories of Jane Gardam

Roger Moore, Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer in English at Vanderbilt, has mixed feelings about Vanderbilt in spring.  “The campus is of course at its most beautiful right now, so I am enjoying my walks to and from work.  There’s definitely some restlessness in the air, and lots of anxiety.  I’m always torn at this time of year between relief that the semester is drawing to its …

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June 20, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Roger Moore: On Cozy Englishness, The Good Samaritan, and Reading Barbara Pym

Book Title: Quartet in Autumn

I met Roger Moore this past Spring at the Ballet Ball; seated next to him at dinner, I couldn’t have asked for a finer evening!  Roger is an absolutely enchanting conversationalist.  That night, I learned that he is a professor of English literature at Vanderbilt, specializing in early modern English literature and religion.  Since then, I’ve learned that he is also Associate Dean for Undergraduate …

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