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Passion, Precision, and Wit

John Jeremiah Sullivan takes home the 2015 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for nonfiction—and $150,000

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 26, 2015 Sewanee grad John Jeremiah Sullivan has already won two National Magazine Awards, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Now he’s added a new title to his list of accolades: the 2015 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for nonfiction.

Published Thursday, 26 February 2015

Poet, Lyricist, Musician

Billboard recognizes spoken-word artist Minton Sparks

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 25, 2015 Billboard magazine recently highlighted Murfreesboro native Minton Sparks in a profile that attempts to define the work of this genre-defying artist.

Published Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Even Brighter Lights

Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City is set for a Broadway debut

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 18, 2015 Jay McInerney’s career-making debut novel, Bright Lights, Big City, will soon be opening on Broadway.

Published Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Winning the Literary Lottery

Chattanooga native Meredith Russo signs her first book deal—for a six-figure advance

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 12, 2015 Chattanooga native Meredith Russo has just signed a six-figure book deal for her first YA novel, If I Was Your Girl, the story of a transgender teen.

Published Thursday, 12 February 2015

Prize-Winning Poets

Three Tennessee poets are awarded NEA grants in literature

by Margaret Renkl

December 5, 2014 The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded creative-writing fellowships in poetry to three Tennessee poets—Anders Carlson-Wee, Melissa Range, and Bobby C. Rogers.

Published Friday, 5 December 2014

Heading to Hollywood

Playwright Katori Hall will direct the film version of her play, Hurt Village

by Margaret Renkl

October 27, 2014 Katori Hall will direct the film version of her play, Hurt Village, which is set in her hometown, Memphis.

Published Monday, 27 October 2014

New Deals

Both Victoria Schwab and Jessica Young have inked contracts on new series fiction for children and young adults

by Margaret Renkl

October 7, 2014 Across publishing, children's and YA titles have kept the publishing industry profitable this year, and Middle Tennessee authors Jessica Young and Victoria Schwab are doing their part for the trend.

Published Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A "Hair-Raising Tale"

Hamton Sides's new nonfiction book, In the Kingdom of Ice, earns raves from critics

by Margaret Renkl

September 24, 2014 Hampton Sides's new book, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, was released during the height of summer's dog days, but the book's critical reception has been far from icy.

Published Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Officially a Genius

Poet-translator Khaled Mattawa has won a MacArthur grant

by Margaret Renkl

September 19, 2014 Let's just go ahead and call 2014 Khaled Mattawa's year: in January he was appointed chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and now he has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. What this most recent honor means in lay terms: Mattawa has just won a $625,000 "genius" grant.

Published Friday, 19 September 2014

Assured, Evocative Tales

Readers have been waiting a long time for new collection of stories by Tony Earley

by Margaret Renkl

September 12, 2014 As critics and readers welcome the appearance of a new work of fiction by Tony Earley, whose last book appeared in 2008, the Nashville author himself gives a fascinating interview to The Daily Beast.

Published Friday, 12 September 2014

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