Reflections Upon A Taste of Bellevue
On Saturday, September 27 at Bellevue’s Red Caboose Park, we were lucky enough to be among about a half dozen area writers who presented their creative work at A Taste of Bellevue, an event designed to benefit a new 25,000-square foot library. We took the opportunity to remind those at the food festival of our upcoming Theatre issue, featuring the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Artistic Director, Denice Hicks!
The Bellevue Messenger wrote a nice little feature story on our booth. Click here to read the paper’s story.
Click here to read more and view all of the images from that day.
Shakespeare and Company Profiled in a "Super Soul Sunday" Short Film
An Evening with Poe…and the Fountain Square Players…in Kentucky
AN EVENING WITH POE will be performed at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 & 25 at the HOUCHENS CENTER located on Adams Street in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The price for those performances are $13, which includes light refreshments for the attendees. Click here to order tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased at the door if seating is available. They are limited to 25-30 participants per performance because of the size of the venue---currently there are available tickets for both performances. The staged reading will also be presented in Russellville, Kentucky at the HISTORIC LOGAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE on Oct. 30 at 7 pm and the admission price for that performance is $5.
This Halloween, Psycho Thrill Series Will Keep Readers Up All Night!
Bastei Entertainment presents on October 3, Psycho Thrill: Chilling Tales of Horror – a collection of spine-tingling digital short stories produced by acclaimed horror writer Uwe Voehl and written by award-winning authors including the German Fantasy Prize-winning horror writer and comic editor Christian Endres; US-born Timothy Stahl, author of the award-winning horror series WÖLFE; and writer, crime historian, and magician Robert C. Marley. The series of affordable self-contained novellas – sold at $1.99 each – includes horror favorites from classic ghost stories, to terrifying psychological thrillers and dark sci-fi fantasy. Originally published in German, the Psycho Thrill series will be available for the first time in English on iBooks and Amazon to scare American readers this Halloween. Click here to read the full press release.
October 28: Chef Sean Brock Book Signing of Heritage in Nashville!
Join The Hermitage Hotel as they toast the debut book by Chef Sean Brock - Heritage. It is fitting that Brock is launching the book in Nashville at The Hermitage Hotel, where it all began. Brock opened The Hermitage Hotel in 2003 as Executive Chef of the Capitol Grille. Later that same year he brought in Chef Tyler Brown as his Sous Chef and the two have been best friends ever since. Click here for additional information.
2nd & Church at The 2014 Southern Festival of Books
Greetings & Howdy Everyone! We wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our panel at the Southern Festival of Books. The room was full to capacity, and the folks on the panel were great! And--of course--we enjoyed seeing so many people throughout the weekend. Click here to enjoy a few snapshots from our time at this year's Southern Festival of Books!
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare Allowed!
2014 Pushcart Prize Nominations
Congrats to J.T., Michael, Flora, Molly, River, and Margaret! Yes: we’ve made our nominations for this year’s Pushcart Prizes. Please join us in crossing our fingers as we formally submit their nominations to New York. Click here to learn the details!
Theatre Issue Sneak Peek!
We are delighted to offer our readers this free sneak peek into a selection from our Theatre issue. Did you know that not all stories are focused on the Theatre? We have plenty of book reviews, Q&As with community arts leaders, and something special from The Porch Writers’ Collective. Entitled, “Retreating at Rivendell,” The Porch Writers’ Collective’s Co-Founder Katie McDougall recounts The Porch’s inaugural “Sense of Place” weekend writing retreat. Click here to read the full article. And if you like what you read, great news: their next retreat is in November!
How Sean Brock Makes Cracklin’ Cornbread
"My favorite ball cap, made by Billy Reid, has a patch on the front that reads “Make Cornbread, Not War.” I’m drawn to it because cornbread is a sacred thing in the South, almost a way of life. But cornbread, like barbeque, can be the subject of great debate among Southerners. Flour or no flour? Sugar or no sugar? Is there an egg involved? All are legitimate questions." Click here to read more from Chef Brock, including his recipe for Cracklin’ Cornbread!
The Hemingway Issue Lands in Paris
Thanks to our kind friend and Portland, Oregon Correspondent Charlotte Rains Dixon, the Hemingway issue has landed in Paris! (Thanks Charlotte!)
Charlotte has been in the south of France for the past three weeks, teaching creative writing. Before her return home, she spent a few days in Paris. Well, thanks to her kind nature and the fact that we are always on the lookout for some additinal promotion and exposure, Charlotte agreed to take a couple copies of the issue to Sylvia, the owner and operator of Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris. Sylvia, her late father George, and the shop are subjects of an extensive feature story in the issue. Click HERE to to see more of her trip and learn more about our Hemingway issue.
Riders in from Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, Eskew Expands Piece
In preparation for next year’s Southern Food issue, technical writer and motorcyclist Jennifer Eskew led a motley crew across Kentucky's bourbon trail not long ago, "feasting on asphalt" style, cooking selections along the way from the book Bourbon: a Savor the South Cookbook by Kathleen Purvis—stopping for a tour at Woodford Reserve. Jennifer reported back that they had an “adventurous” research trip…even if there was a little trouble along the way. Click here to read the full report and view some of Jennifer's snapshots from the road.
A Few Words with Nashville’s Jon Royal
As part of our coverage of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF) in our Theatre issue (out later this year), we sat down with director, actor, teaching artist, and technician Jon Royal. While he has directed numerous productions throughout his career, the 2014 Winter Shakespeare’s performance of Othello was Jon’s first time directing for the NSF.
Please click here to enjoy this excerpt of our interview and catch our Theatre issue for the full conversation.
Presenting Four-Time New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Vreeland
Author Paints Picture of WWII France in Lisette’s List
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Using the pages of a novel as her canvas, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue Susan Vreeland once again paints a hauntingly beautiful work of art in Lisette’s List, releasing August 26 from Random House.
Reminiscent of the theme of the popular Monuments Men film by George Clooney, Lisette’s List tells the story of a woman’s yearning for art at a time when her family’s collection of paintings had to be hidden from Nazi art thieves. Lisette moves with her husband from the bustling city of Paris to the picturesque village of Roussillon in Provence. There, they care for his grandfather, who connected deeply with the artwork of the impoverished Impressionist painter Pissarro. As World War II rumbles, Lisette’s husband hides his grandfather’s paintings and enlists in the military. When Southern France is occupied, a German officer forces Lisette to reveal where they hid Pissarro’s paintings. But once they reach the hiding place, Lisette discovers the artwork had been mysteriously stolen. A three-year search begins. Click here to read the full press release, as well as access more info on the book, the author, and a Q&A with Susan!
James River Writers Conference returning for 12th year with impressive lineup of speakers, workshops
Registration is open for one of Virginia’s most popular events for writers
RICHMOND, Va. – What do New York Times bestselling authors, literary agents, and award-winning illustrators have in common? They’re all going to be networking and sharing a wealth of knowledge at the 12th annual James River Writers Conference. Click here to read the full press release and watch a video related to the conference!
Multi-Award Winning Author Gina Holmes Introduces Newest Book: Driftwood Tides
Inspirational bestselling novelist Gina Holmes paints a picture of painful secrets, deception, and forgiveness in her newest release, Driftwood Tides (Sept. 1, 2014, Tyndale House Publishing).
Click here for a Q&A with the author.
In the book, a widowed husband is mourning the death of his beloved wife and has resolved to live a life of seclusion, drinking away his pain on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A knock on the door changes everything for Holton. Claiming to be a friend of his late wife, 23-year-old Libby mysteriously shows up asking for a job. But she has a secret. Click here to read the full press release.
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