Discussions with authors, lecturers, and other speakers coming to Knoxville.
Q&A: Writer Jamie Quatro
Published 1/23/2014 at 12:25 p.m. 0 comments
One of last year’s best-reviewed books was something of a surprise—a strange, sexy, religious surprise. The debut short-story collection of a forty-something mother of four who lives just outside Chattanooga, Jamie Quatro’s I Want to Show You More seemingly came ...
Q&A: Novelist Elizabeth Gentry
Published 12/4/2013 at 9:43 a.m. 0 comments
There’s no getting around it—Housebound (Lake Forest College Press) is a very strange book.
Q&A: Designer Wayne White Returns for Rocky Top Homecoming Float
Published 11/6/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
White first gained renown as a designer for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, which led to his work on seminal videos like Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight.”
Q&A: Novelist Elizabeth Gilbert
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 1 comment
If you don’t have some kind of opinion about Elizabeth Gilbert—well, it’s likely you a) aren’t a female over the age of 20 or b) haven’t read a book in the past decade. Her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, wasn’t ...
Q&A: Novelist Jess Walter
Published 10/2/2013 at 11:31 a.m. 0 comments
When Jess Walter’s novel Beautiful Ruins became a best-seller last year, it came as a surprise, but it probably shouldn’t have. The book has all the markers of an irresistible read: a glamorous Italian locale, inside jokes about Hollywood, gossip ...
Q&A: U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen Reflects on a Life in Politics—and Big Star
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
Last week, shortly after the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, of Memphis, appeared on MSNBC and criticized the NRA’s influence over Republicans.
Night Swimming: Knoxville Novelist Pamela Schoenewaldt Kicks off National Media Blitz for New Book 'Swimming in the Moon'
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:35 p.m. 0 comments
Fans of When We Were Strangers will devour the book, but HarperCollins has high hopes that the new novel will attract even more readers—they’ve scheduled a big publicity push for Schoenewaldt this fall.
Q&A: Comedian Brian Posehn is the Nerd You Instantly Recognize
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
You’ve definitely seen Brian Posehn. From the iconic Mr. Show to NBC’s Just Shoot Me to numerous guest roles on sitcoms, his frank humor is key to his particular brand of comedy—and it’s one that most of us can relate ...
Q&A: Fanboy Expo Celeb and 'Star Wars' Icon Billy Dee Williams
Published 5/29/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
Billy Dee Williams was tagged as the “black Clark Gable” early in his career, and the description wasn’t that far off the mark: His striking good looks, wealth of charisma, and easygoing acting style made him an overnight leading man ...
Q&A: Food Writer Francis Lam
Published 5/15/2013 at 10:27 a.m. 0 comments
In this era where everyone who Instagrams his lunch and posts it on Tumblr fancies himself a food writer, Francis Lam is the real deal.
Q&A: Designer Paulie Gibson, Appearing at Knoxville Fashion Week
Published 4/24/2013 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments
Paulie Gibson is an up-and-coming St. Louis based designer of think-out-of-the-box men’s fashion. His work will be featured during Knoxville Fashion Week.
Q&A: Former Teen Heartthrob and Evangelical Speaker Kirk Cameron
Published 4/17/2013 at 1:57 p.m. 0 comments
There was a time—before Justin Bieber, before Zac Efron, before even the New Kids on the Block—where one teen heartthrob towered o'er all the rest, ruling the hearts of prepubescent girls with a twinkle in his eye and a winsome ...
Q&A: Jamie Satterfield, Investigative Reporter
Published 4/3/2013 at 9:17 a.m. 0 comments
Print reporters don’t usually have the cult of personality surrounding them that television reporters do. No one knows what we look like, for one, and most readers don’t even bother to pay attention to bylines. Jamie Satterfield, however, is not ...
Q&A: The Lee Bros., Authors of 'The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen'
Published 3/27/2013 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments
Matt and Ted Lee are almost accidental food celebrities. A winter craving for boiled peanuts in New York City in the 1990s turned into a mail-order company, which turned into a lot of travel-writing assignments, which has turned into three ...
Q&A: Cartoonist Gene Yang
Published 2/27/2013 at 1:43 p.m. 0 comments
Gene Yang, who has been writing and drawing comics since the mid-1990s, is best known for the 2006 graphic novel American Born Chinese, about a first-generation Chinese-American teenager and his difficulty coming to terms with junior high school. American Born ...
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