Award-winning author Gary Slaughter releasing memoir chronicling riveting first-hand experience as a Cold War Naval officer
Click here to read an interview with Gary Slaughter
Nashville Public Television: Nashville`s Gary Slaughter on 50th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis and `Man Who Saved the World`
Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved The World
A Word on Words Audio Interview with Gary Slaughter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gary Slaughter made waves in the literary world when he released his multi-award-winningCottonwood novels (Fletcher House). Now, he’s bringing to life his experience as a U.S. Navy ensign at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in his awe-inspiring nonfiction debut, Sea Stories: A Memoir of a Naval Officer (1956-1967), releasing Sept. 4, 2016. With incidents ranging from humorous to heartwarming to downright dangerous, each of these 60 incredible stories shows new insights into everyday life on the Cold War frontline and an unforgettable slice of American history. Click here to read the full press release.
New Novel Explores Mystery, Murder, and Love in a Parallel Universe, with Humor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Warmer and more colorful than any shades of grey, and with a provocative cover hinting at light-hearted darkness, Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple is a tale of mystery, murder, and love in a parallel universe, with a bit of humor.Author Lisa Pell writes in a colorful, clever style about a futuristic vision of humanity as distorted data from our world shines on across the universe, and also, as the cover suggests, about bondage—physical, mental, and cultural. Click here to read the full press release!
Take a Deep Breath In; Do It
Okay, so when I can't find a bookstore during my lunch hour, I search out Goodwill. Trust me: that place can snuggle a story.
Today, I discovered the most unusual copy of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. It was published in 1986. Macmillian Publishing Company in New Jersey. $2.99. I found it unusual for a couple reasons. First, there is a lady on the front cover. I've never seen that on the cover of this book, and it was great! The style was 1920s. Second, on the inside front cover, there was this order form for other Hemingway soft backs.
Okay, I think I'm gonna have to order one. I never, ever see Winner Take Nothing on the bookshelves, so that's what I am ordering. $8.00.
Do not laugh. Those who know me understand that I do these sorts of things and wonderful things happen.
Next Up: I've been carrying around the key to my London, UK flat for 25 years in my pocket. I am going to write a letter to my old flat and include the key and a copy of our Theatre issue. I wonder what will happen. :-)
I'll keep you posted!
Nashville’s Shakespeare in the Park returns for its 29th season on Aug. 11
The annual signature event at Centennial Park to feature both Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors
Click here to launch our Theatre issue, featuring the NSF & Denice Hicks, executive artistic director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
Have you ever thought of being a volunteer at Shakespeare in the Park? It's fun, easy, rewarding, and appreciated. Click here to view images of volunteers in action. And if you like what you see, click here to learn more at the NSF's web site!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Shakespeare Festival begins its 2016 season of Shakespeare in the Park on Aug. 11 at Centennial Park’s band shell. The annual summer program features two of Shakespeare’s most beloved works, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. Click here to read the full press release!
As Killer Nashville opens its FREE BookCon, readers can meet New York Times bestselling authors such as Janet Evanovich, Kevin O’Brien, Robert Randisi, Anne Perry, and William Kent Krueger, as well as local authors Dana Chamblee Carpenter (Killer Nashville Claymore Award Winner), Pushcart nominee Phyllis Gobbell, SIBA Okra Pick Susan Crawford, and more. Click here to read the full press release!
Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Samuel Marquis Prepares to Launch Fifth Thriller in Six-Book Publication Schedule
Award-winning author Samuel Marquis left readers on the edge of their seats with his #1 Denver Postbestselling and award-winning environmental thriller, Blind Thrust—and now he’s releasing the highly anticipated second book in his Joe Higheagle Environmental Sleuth Series, Cluster of Lies (Mount Sopris Publishing, Trade Paperback, $15.99, 330 pages, September 27, 2016).
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Midwife-Turned-Author Patricia Harman Releases First-Ever Children’s Book
MORGANTOWN, W.Va., – With 35 years of experience as a midwife, author Patricia Harman has drawn inspiration from her over 1,000 birth experiences to craft excellent stories like The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir, Arms Wide Open, The Midwife of Hope River, and The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel. In addition to her USA Today best-selling novels, Harman is releasing her brand new middle-grade adventure novel, Lost on Hope Island: The Amazing Tale of the Little Goat Midwives! Click here to read the full press release.
Award-Winning Playwright David Lamb Releases Satirical Retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
New novel offers perfect blend of humor, soul, and romance for all year round From the “funny and naturally brilliant” (Amsterdam News) David Lamb, award-winning playwright of the New York Times-celebrated stage play Platanos Y Collard Greens, comes a modern spin on Charles Dickens’s most beloved classic that perfectly blends humor and romance in a story for our digital, consumerist age, On Top of the World (Until the Bell Chimes) (Woolly Mammoth Books, October 20, 2016, Paperback, $11.99, eBook $9.99).
Winner of the 2016 Pacific Book Awards (Best Fiction), this hilarious retelling of Dickens has been hailed as a “dynamic novel about the price of fame, packed with so many laughs and so much heart I couldn’t put it down” by Talib Kweli; “This modern re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a hoot — and surprisingly has nothing to do with the holiday season!” by The Romantic Times; and “a fun and fast read that shows love and friendship have the power to heal” by Foreword Reviews. Click here to read the full press release.
Kim Hooper’s Celebrated Debut Novel Offers Compelling Story of Loss, Desperation, and Reinvention in the Aftermath of 9/11
Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "refreshingly raw and honest,” and by Library Journal as “warmly recommended for women’s fiction fans,” Kim Hooper’s hit debut asks: Have you ever felt the urge to escape your life? Start fresh in a new place and leave all your worries behind? For most people, it’s a fleeting fantasy, but for Emily Morris, the tender yet damaged central character in Kim Hooper’s compelling novel, People Who Knew Me, the fantasy becomes her reality.
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Since She Went Away author David Bell speaks at Parnassus Books
Monday, July 11, 2016 (6:30 p.m.), Parnassus Books welcomes David Bell as he reads from and signs Since She Went Away, an electrifying new thriller.
Since She Went Away is the Western Kentucky University English professor’s eighth novel— his first set in Kentucky! It was released with the New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House USA, on June 21, 2016. Click here to read the full press release!
Bombings Reunite Old Penpals
Okay, the best I can tell, the full Dutch headline reads as follows:
American writes blog about Flemish penpal from his youth: Bombings reunite old penpals
It’s been an incredible week. This moment last week, I posted my column about my pen pal Carmen and the attacks on her city. In addition to posting the story to my web site, I sent it to Het Nieuwsblad, a newspaper that covers Flanders, in Belgium. Then I went to bed. Click here to read the full report.
On Pen Pals, Brussels, and Hope
Over the years, I’ve wondered how she might be doing, that Belgian pen pal of my youth and friend of my early adulthood, all the more so since March 22’s explosions at the Brussels airport and at that city’s Maalbeek metro station. At the time of this writing, more than 31 people have lost their lives and at least 270 others are injured.
To be specific, Meert Carmen is both Belgian and Flemish. Click here to read the rest of the story!
7 Minutes With...
Last year, Roy Burkhead had the opportunity to sit down with Nashville novelist J.T. Ellison for her on-going interview series entitled, "7 Minutes With..." Click here to read the interview! (Note: Authors J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott took the reins as hosts of A Word on Words in October, 2015!)