Three book signings set for Burke’s

Local authors to appear at Burke’s

Memphian Jim Williamson will be at Burke’s Book Store from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to read from and sign copies of his second novel, The Ravine (Sunstone Books, $24.99 paperback). Reading will begin at 6 pm. This event coincides with the Cooper-Young First Thursday Night Out.
The publisher describes this as “a compelling story inspired by real events, The Ravine evokes a South during the early years of the Civil Rights movement where a complex mixture of love and hate, ignorance and enlightenment, and guilt and innocence coexist. It promises to keep the reader on edge until its dramatic and unexpected conclusion.”

Williamson, a professor of architecture at the University of Memphis, was raised in the South in the days of segregation. His first novel, The Architect, was praised as “a thoughtful, moving novel…and a lively treatise on architecture itself.”

Memphian Kristen Iversen will be at Burke’s Book Store from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 14

to read from and sign copies of her new memoir, Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats (Crown Publishers, $25.00, hardback). Reading will begin at 6 pm.

The publisher describes this as “a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman …growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated the most contaminated site in America.”

Iversen grew up in Colorado and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. She is director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis and editor in chief of The Pinch, an award winning literary journal.

Memphian Steve Stern will return to Burke’s Book Store from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 20 to read from and sign copies of his new collection, The Book of Mischief: New Selected Stories (Graywolf Press, $26.00 hardback). Reading will begin at 6 pm.

The Book of Mischief triumphantly showcases 25 years of outstanding work by one of our true masters of the short story. Stern’s stories take us from the unlikely old Jewish quarter of the Pinch

in Memphis to a turn-of-the-century immigrant community in New York; from the market towns of Eastern Europe to a down-at-the-heels Catskills resort.

“The voracious pace lets Stern Spill a hundred years of vivid Jewish history onto the

page …He writes with piercing zeal,” said Ben Marcus, The New York Times Book Review.

Stern grew up in Memphis. He is a winner of the Jewish Book Award, and teaches

at Skidmore College in upstate New York.

If unable to attend you may order signed or inscribed copies through For questions concerning this event, please contact Corey Mesler at 278-7484.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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