Corey Mesler: Life’s too short to read bad books
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Corey Mesler: Life’s too short to read bad books

My name is Corey and I am a reader of fiction. In my previous column here I invited a conversation about books, about what you’re reading and why. About why we pick the books we do when, in picking one, we are excluding multitudes of others. Every choice means opting out of a million “other paths.” Which leads me to agree with Borges: heaven must be an endless library. And this: I own more books than I have time left to read. This is...

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Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric to play Burke’s

Burke’s Book Store is proud to announce Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric will play live at the store at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. They are on tour in support of their new CD, “A Working Museum.” There is no charge but donations will be accepted at the door. “It really is quite simple — no one of any gender or generation has written as many good songs in Rigby’s realistic postfolk mode since she launched ‘Diary of a Mod...

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‘Sushi Secrets’ author coming to Burke’s

Author Marisa Baggett will be at Burke’s Book Store from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to sign copies of her new cookbook, Sushi Secrets: Easy Recipes for the Home Cook (Tuttle Publishing, $18.95, hardback). The event coincides with the Cooper Young First Thursday Night Out. In 2003, Marisa Baggett boarded a Greyhound bus with a one-way ticket to Los Angeles and $300 in her pocket to study at the California Sushi Academy. After graduation,...

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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...

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Corey Mesler’s summer reading list

By Corey Mesler “Dare Me” by Megan Abbott (Reagan Arthur Books, $24.99) Megan Abbott writes like the illegitimate daughter of Jim Thompson and Patricia Highsmith. (Don’t you love reviews that start that way?) Her noir thrillers are fast-moving, glib-talking, sweetly plotted and written with clean, sharp prose. This new page-turner takes place, partially, in a high school and concerns the new coach of the cheerleading squad. If that...

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Former LampLighter editor finds footing as novelist

By David Royer From a California olive grove to the mist-shrouded Blue Ridge Mountains to the muddy Mississippi Delta, writer Courtney Miller Santo has set down roots in some of the most fertile literary ground in the country. When the journalist-turned-novelist landed in Memphis in 2005 after bouncing from her hometown on the West Coast to college in the East, she quickly settled with her husband and two children in the neighborhood...

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