In early days of 20th century, lost rail lines linked Cooper-Young to burgeoning city
Apr13

In early days of 20th century, lost rail lines linked Cooper-Young to burgeoning city

In the 1970s, local preservationists and authors Peggy Jemison and Virginia Dunaway embarked on a project for the Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA) to document the histories of eight historic Memphis neighborhoods, including Cooper-Young. Published in 1980, their work was the first real history of the area, which at the time was in a state of decay. Thirty years later, with the neighborhood having undergone a dramatic...

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Cooper-Young Holiday Shopping Guide
Dec14

Cooper-Young Holiday Shopping Guide

The oldest bookstore in Memphis, Burke’s Books (936 S. Cooper) has a wide selection of new and used books, including lots of local interest titles. Pictured here are several new regional interest books: The Whistler by John Grisham (SIGNED), $28.95; Theodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham (SIGNED), $17.99; Robert Walker by Corey Mesler (SIGNED), $17.99; After the Jump by Geoff Calkins (SIGNED), $19.99; Elmwood Cemetery by Kimberly...

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Arts News

• The Memphis Acoustic Music Association presents a concert by Plainsong on October 1st. Plainsong features Andy Roberts and Iain Matthews. Matthews was an original member of the seminal English folk-rock band Fairport Convention founded in 1967. Matthews left the band in 1969 and went on form the bands Matthews’ Southern Comfort and Plainsong as well as recording several solo albums. Plainsong;s new release is Reinventing Richard:...

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Arts Briefs: Jay Etkin Gallery, Burke’s Books

• It is a busy month at Jay Etkin Gallery in Cooper-Young. The gallery at 942 S. Cooper — which recently underwent of its north-facing wall that provides the space with a more symmetrical, dramatic feel — is hosting an exhibit by painter Mary Long September 2nd through October 2nd. An opening reception will be held September 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment...

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Burke’s Books host regional poets

Cooper-Young’s Burke’s Book Store is hosting readings and book singing events for two esteemed poets this month. On June 9th, Richard Lyons will read from and sign his new book, Un Poco Loco (Iris Press, $15). Lyons has taught literature and creative writing for more than two decades at Mississippi State University. His other collections include These Modern Nights, Hours of the Cardinal, and Fleur Carnivore. He lives in the Mid-South...

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New Cooper-Young comic book store is no funny business
May12

New Cooper-Young comic book store is no funny business

By Stefanie Holmes The Bat Signal is not needed to bring Batman — nor his superhero friends and foes — to Cooper-Young. 901 Comics is set to open on Young Avenue, near Cooper, in early-to-mid June. Born over a shared love of comic books, the new venture is the brainchild by Midtowners Shannon Merritt and Jaime Wright. Merritt, 44, a Memphis Police officer, met Wright, 31, at the P&H Café when Wright bartended there...

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