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!
We are delighted to share the stories of these great women with you on Clearstory this week. Tune in Wednesday at 12:00pm CST and again Sunday in replay at 6:00pm CST to hear our sit-downs at SIBA in New Orleans. Don't forget to share the word, post on Facebook, and Twitter friends. Clearstory is on 107.1 in West Nashville but also streaming world wide at the link above.
A little about Julie Cantrell
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Julie Cantrell was the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She has been a freelance writer for a decade and has contributed to more than a dozen books. Julie and her family now live in Oxford, Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm.
A speech-language pathologist and literacy advocate, Julie was honored to receive the 2012 Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship and is working on a creative nonfiction book about her family's adventures as first-generation farmers. Her second novel is set to follow her bestselling debut, Into the Free (David C Cook) hit shelves to rave reviews a few weeks ago.
A little about Lee Smith
Lee Smith has published 13 novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
In Lee’s newest novel, Guests on Earth, we meet Evalina Toussaint, an orphaned child of an exotic dancer, who is only thirteen in 1936 when she is admitted to Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville. N.C.
A piano prodigy, she becomes the accompanist for the hospital's many performances and musical programs, and finds herself in the company of some remarkable fellow patients, both fictional and real, such as Zelda Fitzgerald.
This role gives Evalina privileged insights into the events which culminate in a tragic fire---still an unsolved mystery to this day.
Read "In Her Words," Lee Smith's essay about Guests on Earth.
(This episode was recorded just as I was coming down with Laryngitis - Please search here for upcoming events at the Nashville Public Library Salon 615 series)
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 Goes Remote. Booksellers & Authors in attendance at #SIBA13 can be part of this special edition!
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Clearstory Radio to produce a special edition from New Orleans during the SIBA Trade Show, September 20-22, 2013, where bookstore owners and authors will be interviewed on site – creating a 'live presence' on the SIBA trade show floor, and highlighting the spirit of independence that is at the heart of every indie. One of the most popular features will be visiting with independent booksellers to discuss their stores, what they are reading and recommending, and any featured special events that they would like to highlight.
“This is such a great opportunity for booksellers to share their passion for what they do with readers and listeners across the south and across the internet. River is such an easy host and shares that passion. Booksellers will not want to miss this,” shared SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, “It’s like Bookstore Radio!”
River Jordan hosts Clearstory Radio! Best-Selling, Award-winning, and Debut Authors from every limb of the literary tree visit on Clearstory to talk about words – where we find them, what inspires them, why we write them, need them, breathe them! Join us for conversations that celebrate our life stories and the writers who live to tell them so well.
*Clearstory Radio is currently broadcast Wednesdays at Noon and Sundays at 6pm on 107.1FM Nashville but beginning in September, Clearstory will also be broadcast on 103.7FM Nashville. It is available also as a live stream on the web. Clearstory Radio has been proud to support the power of story for over four years by interviewing authors, promoting book events and festivals, and covering new releases and old favorites.