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  • Q&A: Christopher Hebert, author of 'The Boiling Season' Published 2/29/2012 at 1:59 p.m. 0 comments

    Christopher Hebert may be best known around Knoxville as a professor of English at the University of Tennessee, but all of that is about to change with the publication of his first book, The Boiling Season (Harper).

  • Q&A: Novelist Josh Weil Published 2/22/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments

    Weil’s protagonists are really alone—so alone it hurts. Touches of a modern Southern Gothic pop up now and again, which is probably why Weil has been compared to Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy. But his novellas aren’t about violence, they’re ...

  • Q&A: Keltie Ferris, UT artist in residence Published 11/23/2011 at 11:50 a.m. 0 comments

    Keltie Ferris got her MFA in painting at Yale, and already has pieces in the collection of the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City.

  • Q&A: Historian Jay Rubenstein Published 11/9/2011 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments

    University of Tennessee history professor and MacArthur Fellow Jay Rubenstein’s new book, Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse, is a detailed account of the First Crusade and an analysis of the religious and political conditions ...

  • Q&A: Poet Terrance Hayes Published 9/14/2011 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments

    Terrance Hayes is cooler than you. It’s not just because he won the National Book Award last year for his collection Lighthead. It’s not even because Hayes is that rarest of the rare, a poet who doesn’t toil away in ...

  • Q&A: Gay Activist and Comedian Del Shores Published 6/29/2011 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments

    A producer of Queer as Folk on Showtime, author and director of the Sordid Lives play, film, and television series, and passionate civil rights activist, Del Shores is touring with his second stand-up routine, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions. Knoxville and ...

  • Q&A: Children's Author Patricia C. McKissak Published 5/18/2011 at 11:25 a.m. 0 comments

    Patricia C. McKissak was an educator and editor before turning her talents to writing children’s books in the late 1980s. Her work, much of it written in collaboration with her husband Frederick, focuses on African-American history and folklore, and has ...

  • Q&A: Sookie Stackhouse Writer Charlaine Harris Published 5/11/2011 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments

    HBO's True Blood, which enters its fourth season this summer, is based on Harris’ series of novels that imagine a world in which vampires have metaphorically come out of the dark after the advent of commercial synthetic blood sales.

  • Q&A: 'United Tastes of America' Host Jeffrey Saad Published 3/2/2011 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments

    Jeffrey Saad has one of those jobs that we all fantasize about. As host of the Cooking Channel’s United Tastes of America—produced by upstart Knoxville television studio Lusid Media—he gets to travel the country and eat both the best versions ...

  • Q&A: PBS CEO Paula Kerger Talks About the Repercussions of Potential Funding Cuts Published 2/22/2011 at 10:13 a.m. 1 comment

    Paula Kerger sounds way too nice to be a CEO. She also sounds remarkably calm for someone who, as we spoke, was facing losing a major source of funding to her organization—the U.S. House last week voted to withhold all ...

  • Q&A: Margo Pelletier, radical filmmaker behind 'Freeing Silvia Baraldini' Published 2/15/2011 at 6:37 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s unlikely that Margo Pelletier could have predicted her trajectory from struggling artist to political prisoner to documentary filmmaker when she first moved to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in the late 1970s, but the social injustice she witnessed there awakened ...

  • Q&A: Novelist Kevin Wilson Published 2/9/2011 at 1:38 p.m. 0 comments

    If you know even just a little bit about the publishing industry, then you know what malarkey book jacket blurbs are. But Owen King’s blurb on the back of Kevin Wilson’s 2009 book, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth ...

  • Q&A With UT Writer-in-Residence Pamela Uschuk and Her Husband William Pitt Root Published 2/2/2011 at 1:20 p.m. 0 comments

    Pamela Uschuk is the University of Tennessee’s English Department’s visiting writer-in-residence this semester, but both she and her husband, William Pitt Root, are nationally renowned poets. Uschuk’s book Crazy Love won the American Book Award last year; Root was the ...

  • Q&A: Noam Chomsky Published 1/19/2011 at 1:31 p.m. 0 comments

    Noam Chomsky: "Some of the things the tea party is doing are exactly the right things, in my opinion. We should be organizing people to confront the real problems of society, and they are very severe. I think the tea ...

  • Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: Alison Arngrim Comes Clean About Playing Nellie Oleson on 'Little House on the Prairie' Published 12/22/2010 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Alison Arngrim is best known for her role as Nellie Oleson, Laura Ingalls’ bratty nemesis on the ’70s family pioneer drama Little House on the Prairie. Arngrim’s new book, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, is a poignant—and often hilarious—look back ...