ON CLASSIC Clearstory Radio today - WE hang out with some unusual people of faith today with stories that rock. the. boat.
Join us as we visit with the Lutheran pastor, Nadia Boltz-Weber; publisher of Jericho Books, Wendy Grisham, and the icon man of books and story - Cliff Graubart.
Musical Interludes and stories
Today's program is a Classic Clearstory featuring one of our top five favorite books from 2013 and favorite music from TJ Stafford. Enjoy!
Get Ready. This weeks Clearstory Program features our 2 Part interview with author, Michael Farris Smith for his new novel, Rivers. It's an amazing work that eerily pulls from the traditions of William Faulkner, Larry Brown, William Gay . . . need we continue? And to find music that would reflect portions of the story, parts of the internal landscape of a man's world when it is cast into a place he never imagined possible and his soul is pushed to limits he never expected - we pulled up the music of Mr. TJ Stafford.
Enjoy today's ride into the power of story!
Classic Clearstory this week with The Blues, The Stories, The LIfe.
GIVE MY POOR HEART EASE, Voices of the Mississippi Blues -
by William Ferris
This book first explores the musical roots of the blues, starting with the stories and hymns of Mary Gordon and Reverend Isaac Thomas in the Rose Hill community. The voices of Scott Dunbar (traditional songster), Louis Dotson (one-strand guitar player), Fannie Bell Chapman (gospel singer and faith healer), Otha Turner (fife player), Johnny Lee “Have Mercy” Thomas (former Parchman Penitentiary inmate), Tom Dumas (fiddle and banjo player), and Lee Kizart (blues pianist), among others, come next. Each speaker describes musical traditions that shaped the blues in significant ways.
The book’s second section is set in black neighborhoods like Kent’s Alley in Leland and the Brickyard in Clarksdale where the blues developed in dramatic ways. In Leland, we meet James “Son Ford” Thomas, Gussie Tobe, and Shelby “Poppa Jazz” Brown; in Clarksdale, Jasper Love and Wade Walton; in Jackson, WOKJ radio announcer Bruce Payne; and in Memphis, clothing salesman Robert Shaw.
The third section looks back on the blues through two of the most significant figures in blues history, composer and performer Willie Dixon and performer B. B. King.
The fourth and final section joins sacred and secular worlds by documenting a Rose Hill church service and a Clarksdale blues house party, each of which celebrates and affirms the spirit in distinctive ways.
Tune in on 107.1 WRFN Nashville at 12:00 Central Time or listen streaming at http://www.clearstoryradio.com Featured this week on Clearstory Radio - best-selling author, James Swanson and his most recent book on John F. Kennedy. It's an amazing book and our chat with him includes his book for young-adults and the version written for the Adult reading market, End of Days. Both books are excellent and if you think History is boring or that this story has been told, think again. Both books read like novels, a mystery in the making, and yes, a slice of history told as no one can share like James Swanson.
Then stick around to discover what Elvis Presley and Pulitzer-prize winner author, Rick Bragg have in common. A fun visit with this incredible, southern writer during the Southern Festival of the Book in Nashville.
All mixed with a little bit of music and a lot of Clearstory attitude.
Thanks for being with us!
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So ---- we were hanging out during Southern Festival of the Book in Nashville and had the pleasure of catching a multitude of authors for a sit-down chat about words, writing, and the power of story!
First up on today's show is Denise Kiernan with a story straight out of the history books. Then following up as only he can, T.A. Barron with fantasy and more.
Music for today's show features Los Lonely Boys, The Andrew Sisters, Billie Holliday, and INXS
We knew that Elizabeth Gilbert was an incredible writer. What we didn't know is that she is as gracious as kind, and as ethereal as beautiful. The author of the International Best Seller, Eat, Pray, Love flat out Wow's us.
Please enjoy our visit with Ms. Gilbert in New Orleans and then join her at the Nashville Public Library - Friday, November 1, 6:15pm
Reviews and Raves . . .
“The novel of a lifetime…”
The New York Times Book Review
“Gilbert has established herself as a straight-up storyteller who dares us into adventures of worldly discovery, and this novel stands as a winning next act. The Signature of All Things is a bracing homage to the many natures of genius and the inevitable progress of ideas, in a world that reveals its best truths to uncommonly patient minds.” – by Barbara Kingsolver
“A sweeping saga…superb…writing seems lifted from pages written two centuries past…a brilliant exercise in intellect and imagination.”
Wall St. Journal
“Ms. Gilbert has turned out the most ambitious and purely imagined work of her twenty-year career: a deeply researched and vividly rendered historical novel about a 19th century female botanist.”
“It’s a happy problem, high expectations, but a problem nonetheless. One option? Blow them out of the water. With her return to fiction for the first time in a dozen years, Elizabeth Gilbert has done just that…Looks like Gilbert keeps on raising the bar.”
“There is much pleasure in this unhurried, sympathetic, intelligent novel by an author confident in her material and her form.”
“Gilbert, in supreme command of her material, effortlessly invokes the questing spirit of the nineteenth century, when amateur explorers, naturalists, and enthusiasts were making major contributions to progress. Beautifully written and imbued with a reverence for science and for learning, this is a must-read.”
Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing—a desperate need to understand the workings of this world, and the mechanism behind of all life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, this story novel soars across the globe—from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam and beyond. It is written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time. Alma Whittaker is a witness to history, as well as maker of history herself. She stands on the cusp of the modern, with one foot still in the Enlightened Age, and she is certain to be loved by readers across the world.
Clearstory Radio is delighted to be a part of this year's 25th Annual Southern Festival of the Books. We'll be interviewing authors, festival attendees, festival officials, and all manner of strange characters Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during this years celebration of the written word.
In the meantime and to wet your whistle with story, tune in to the featured podcasts of interviews we recorded at SIBA with some of this years festival authors including Lee Smith, Cassandra King Conroy, Michael Farris Smith, and so many more.
You are welcome to join us and listen in as the authors chat with us during recording. Or just to drop in and say hello.
The weather forecast is FESTIVAL PERFECT so we'll see you soon.