March 15, 2013 This installment of Chapter 16’s podcast series features Memphis writer David Wesley Williams, author of the new novel, Long Gone Daddies. The story follows three generations of musicians fueled by passion, ambition, and family tradition. Hoping to find fame in legendary Memphis, the men embark on a long and unusual journey through Texas, Arkansas, and the Southern delta. Williams, a sports columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, is also a writer of short fiction that has been published in The Pinch, The Common, and Night Train, among other literary journals, and also in Harper Perennial’s collection, Fifty-Two Stories. Today Stephen Usery talks with Williams about the ways in which being a sports writer has affected his fiction, and how the vibrant—though often neglected—music scene of Memphis provides endless inspiration for writing in all forms.
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