Burke’s hosts local author
May12

Burke’s hosts local author

Richard J. Alley will be at Burke’s Book Store on Thursday, May 21st, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM to read from and sign copies of his new novel, Five Night Stand (Lake Union Publishing, $14.95 paperback). The reading will begin at 6 pm. In the book, legendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career, playing his last five shows, hoping the music will draw his estranged family back. Frank Severs, a...

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November Calendar

Art Visiting artist lecture with photographer Gregory Crewdson. 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.  901-272-5100. Visit mca.edu. Leandra Urrutia “Pile” exhibit: Nov. 12–Jan. 4. MCA Gallery, Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. 901-726-4656.  Visit mca.edu. “Things That Were: 2014 Fall MFA Thesis Exhibition”:  Nov. 19–Dec. 13. Opening reception 6–9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Memphsi College of Art...

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Calendar: Children’s museum, Burke’s book signings, Playhouse and Gallery Fifty Six art shows
Jul14

Calendar: Children’s museum, Burke’s book signings, Playhouse and Gallery Fifty Six art shows

Cooper-Young parade marks Independence Day The Cooper-Young Community Association will once again hold a patriotic parade on July 4th.  The event starts at 10 a.m. at Peabody Elementary School. Participants are invited to help the neighborhood celebrate Independence Day by decorating their bikes and wagons in red, white and blue and dressing up in their most patriotic gear. Children and pets are welcome. Visit cooperyoung.org for more...

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This Reading Life 10: The Beginning of my Life with Books
Mar31

This Reading Life 10: The Beginning of my Life with Books

“You know what happened to him after everybody read him — yeah he went right up on the shelf.” Bob Dylan, from Tarantula   When I was eighteen years old — a grand age, a tough age, a man, yet a blank slate — having just graduated from a public high school where I learned more about French kissing than French literature, I decided to educate myself about these strange and powerful packets of high learning called books. I had...

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All are welcome to Java Cabana open mic tradition
Mar01

All are welcome to Java Cabana open mic tradition

When I heard there was a coffee shop opening in Cooper-Young back in 1992, I was excited but skeptical. I had heard talk from others about their pursuit of opening a coffee shop that didn’t come to anything. And when I drove down Young Avenue to check things out, it didn’t look like much was going on. Back then, I was hosting poetry readings once a month on Sunday evening at Deliberate Literate Bookstore, which resided next to Cafe...

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This Reading Life: Best of the ‘Best Of’ lists

Welcome to 2014. Will it be better or worse than 2013? Who can tell? But one thing never changes: the pleasures of a good book. Right?  And it’s time to do some list-making, some reassessing, some defining, some pontificating. About my Year-End Big Classic: At the end/beginning of each year I read one BIG classic novel that I’ve overlooked in my long reading life. It’s a tradition dating back centuries and it is received at our house...

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