The “Indiana Jones of the Historical Culinary World” Appears at the Southern Festival of Books
USC Professor David Shields appears at Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books on Friday, October 9 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Legislative Plaza (room 29) for a session entitled, “Savoring the South: Getting to Know Classic Ingredients and Cuisine.”
The author of Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine will have a signing immediately following the session in the Signing Colonnade.
“People are always asking me what the most important book written about southern food is,” said Nashville Chef Sean Brock. “You are holding it in your hands.”
“I have referred to David Shields in the past as the Indiana Jones of the historical culinary world,” said Brian Ward, Research Specialist III and research director over the Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center (CREC) Organic Research Farm (ORF). Click here to read the full press release.
LIFE EXPERIENCE LEADS WRITER TO CREATE THE POWER OF 10
DALLAS – When people meet Rugger Burke for the first time, they tend to associate him with words like “purposeful,” “calm,” and “present”—but it hasn’t always been that way. In part, his presence is the result of a practice, one set out in his new book describing a journey of transformation. “The Power of 10: A Practice of Engaging Your Voice of Wisdom” is being released on Oct. 6, 2015. Click here for the full press release, info about the book, and a Q&A with the author!
Being an Intern 0.1
An introduction from the new intern.
My name is Brittany Eldridge, and I am the editorial assistant intern here at 2nd & Church for the fall semester. I am currently a senior at Western Kentucky University working for my B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.
I wanted to create this blog post to talk about what it’s like to be an intern! This is my second internship, and so far it has been such a rewarding experience. I’m finally getting into editing while still writing, of course, and I’m getting to do hands on work. I’m organizing press kits about authors and his or her new books, I’m updating and adding content to the website, working with social media to blast the new information, communicating with the editor, Roy, and the wonderfully nice people at JKS Communications. And I was even able to write a book review! Click here to read the full blog entry!
JKS Communications Adds Author-in-Residence to Literary Publicity Team
Courtney C. Stevens brings author’s perspective to book, author campaigns
After introducing earlier this year an expansion of author and book publicity services, new staff hires and a revamped website, JKS Communications is pleased to announce that author Courtney C. Stevens (2014’s FAKING NORMAL, HarperTeen and THE BLUE-HAIRED BOY, HarperImpulse; and the forthcoming November 3 release THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH, HarperTeen) has joined the veteran literary publicity team as its Author-in-Residence. Click here for full press release.
Medium Hero and other stories
Korby Lenker’s first book features 27 stories culled from his 15 years as a solo touring indie artist. The stories are as colorful as his titles suggest-- “Rat’s Dude”, “Manboy and the Mafia Table”, “Catlady”-- and flourish under his descriptive, empathetic pen. From a romantic-encounter-turned-family-crisis, to a humorous eulogy for his recently deceased piano teacher, to an unlikely visit with a convicted felon in a California desert, he has distilled an unusual life into a few potent vignettes that you will read more than once. Click here for full press release.
A Culinary Countdown to our Southern Food Issue
In anticipation of the issue’s launch on November 10 at Husk Nashville, we’re sharing with you—gentle reader—some of the recipes that will be in the issue. As you might guess, this issue will include cookbook reviews and pieces connected to cookbooks. Many publishers have allowed us to reprint a few recipes, as long as they are used in promoting their books, which we are thrilled to do. From now until November 10, we’ll be sharing with you 21 recipes from six books. Please sit back and enjoy while we wrap up the issue. As each recipe goes online, it will be hyperlinked to a menu of all 21 items. Click here to access the menu.
(Above: Photo of HUSK Cheeseburger and Fried Potato Wedges taken at Husk Nashville by Terry Price.)
Announcing our Southern Food Issue Launch Date: November 10, Husk Nashville!
We are thrilled to announce that we will launch our Southern Food issue on Tuesday, November 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Husk Nashville. Our largest issue to-date, it features James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock as our cover story/In Depth interview. So, what happens at a launch? Simply put: fellowship and celebration. Our mission is to celebrate writers, poets, and readers, and an issue’s launch is a great way to make that mission come alive in a tangible way. There is no formal structure. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend! Folks come and go as their schedules allow. (Chef Brock will be on site at the launch!) Grab a copy of the journal…as supplies last. Click here to read the rest of the announcement and view a few of the photos from the issue.
Our Southern Food Issue Taking Shape!
We are thrilled to reveal that good work continues on our Southern Food issue, and we are on schedule for a Fall 2015 release! Pictured here with James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock is Nashville-based writer Mandy Morgan. Mandy was at Husk Nashville recently doing research and interviewing Chef Brock for her feature story on the restaurant, located on Rutledge Hill in a complex of buildings dating back to the 1890s. What else is happening? Well, book reviewers are reading and reviewing all sorts of books. Writers are back from University, Mississippi; Harrogate, Tennessee; South Pittsburg, Tennessee; and all along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail—where they’ve all been on assignment. And work is coming in from our columnists and correspondents from places like Wisconsin, California, Oregon, Alabama, and Kentucky. Oh, and we’re preparing three nice photo galleries: one from us here at 2nd & Church, one focusing on The Southern Foodways Alliance, and another showcasing some of the writers over at our business partner’s place: JKS Communications. The issue's page is updated with what is a pretty good list of the features and stories that will appear in the issue, but I’m sure that some more will be slipped in before we lock this issue down! Click here for all the details.
Photo Gallery: Fiction Issue Launch a Success, Free Digital Copy Now Available
We’re proud to be able to say that the launch of our full-blown Fiction issue on Saturday, July 25, at East Side Story Books was a huge success, and a PDF of the issue is now available as a free download. A big THANK YOU to everyone for coming out! Novelist Sena Jeter Naslund is the In Depth interview for this issue. Acclaimed novelist Michael Morris conducted our interview with Sena. A New York Times bestselling author, Sena Jeter Naslund's most recent novel is The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman: A Novel. She has published seven previous books of fiction. Kentucky Poet Laureate during 2005–2006, Naslund is currently Writer in Residence and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville, Program Director of the Spalding University brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing, and editor of Spalding's Fleur-de-Lis Press and The Louisville Review, which she founded in 1976. Click here to learn more, access the free PDF file, and view the photo gallery!
Scarritt Bennett Center Announces Fall Line-Up for Poet’s Corner
Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett Center, a monthly poetry reading, will feature a reading by local poets the fourth Thursday of every month. The Fall 2015 schedule will include Patricia Alice Albrecht, Amy Wright, Ron Turner, and a joint reading by Rita Maggart and Angel Pontier.These events are free and open to the public. Location: Scarritt Bennett Center (Fondren Building), 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212. Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett Center, A free monthly poetry reading. A non-profit education, retreat and conference center, Scarritt Bennett creates space where individuals and groups engage each other to achieve a more just world. Support through the rental of our historic facilities and donations helps us to offer programs that continue our mission. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org. Click here to learn more about the poets and readings.
Nashville Conference Reveals Killer Lineup of Agents and Editors
NASHVILLE - Nine leaders of the publishing industry will share their expertise – and search for new clients – at the 2015 Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference October 29-November 1 at the Nashville Omni Hotel. From Los Angeles to New York City, the agents include Sheree Bykofsky of Sheree Bykofsky Associates; Mary Cummings of Diversion Books; Deni Dietz of Five Star Mysteries; Susan Finesman of Fine Literary Agency; Cate Hart of Corvisiero Agency; Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Literary Agency; Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet of St. Martin’s Press; and Alec Shane of Writers House. Click here to read the full press release!
Jazz Maker Films Options Peter Straub’s Pork Pie Hat for American Blackguard Entertainment
NASHVILLE – Not since 1981’s Ghost Story with Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Patricia Neal has critically acclaimed author Peter Straub seen his work on the big screen. This won’t be the case for long. Clay Stafford – through his company Jazz Maker Films, a subsidiary of American Blackguard Inc. – has optioned the Straub-penned book Pork Pie Hat. Click here to read the full press release!
Author Peter Straub and president of American Blackguard, Clay Stafford, announce the horror novella Pork Pie Hat has been optioned by Jazz Maker Films, a division of the company. “I’ve long been a fan of Peter Straub,” Clay Stafford said. “He’s one of the best writers I know and certainly one of the most critically acclaimed. It’s been way overdue since someone told Peter’s stories on film. We’re about to change that.”
Murfreesboro Native, former Astronaut Rhea Seddon’s Memoir a Success!
In March of 2013, we were lucky enough to feature Dr. Rhea Seddon, physician and former astronaut, on our memoir issue—our third issue. A veteran of three space shuttle flights, Dr. Seddon spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Little did I know then that this would be the start of a professional relationship and friendship that would last to the present day. I am able to finance this operation via a variety of methods, one of which being editorial side jobs. One of the most interesting of these has been editing Dr. Seddon’s memoir, Go for Orbit. For two years, I read every word of every chapter, edited and polished the pages, suggested verbiage and passage changes. I was thrilled for her when her first printing sold out! And now she’s continuing to sell a second printing. Click here to continue reading and learn more about Go For Orbit!
Margaret “Maggi” Britton Vaughn Renewed as Poet Laureate of Tennessee Till 2020
Tennessee’s Margaret “Maggi” Britton Vaughn has been designated Poet Laureate of Tennessee for a term to expire April 1, 2020. Senate Joint Resolution 241 was introduced into the Tennessee General Assembly at the end of March, 2015. Shown here is Representative Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) in mid-April as the resolution is voted to be sent to the Calendar & Rules Committee. The resolution passed on April 22 (Ayes 94, Nays 0, PNV 0), and the Governor signed it on April 24, 2015.
Click here to track SJR0241 through the Tennessee General Assembly!
Click here to read the joint resolution.
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Our Southern Food Issue: Arrives in the Fall
Check out the official trailer for Chef Brock's new book, Heritage. Then, click here to read about our Southern Food issue, out this fall. Additional details on the issue to be posted soon!