Two worthy author events compete for your attention tonight. At 6 p.m., Bookman/Bookwoman hosts the latest edition of its monthly series "Nashville Notables," in which prominent local authors discuss their favorite books. (It's part of the First Thursday art-crawl festivities in Hillsboro Village.) Tonight's guests are Christine and Michael Kreyling, the Nick and Nora Charles of Nashville lit, veteran Scene contributors as well as published authors themselves.
They'll each discuss a personal recommendation: Christine on Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mystery The Nine Tailors, Michael on William Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom! Both books will be available for purchase — and while you're there, seek out the Kreylings' own books on architectural history and Southern literature.
Then, at 6:30 p.m. over at Parnassus Books in Green Hills, author and music journalist R.J. Smith discusses one of the new year's most acclaimed biographies, his James Brown study The One. In this week's Scene, Smith talks with Ron Wynn about the challenges Brown posed as a subject, while Chapter16.org's Ed Tarkington calls the book a passionate case for Brown as the 20th century's most important American musician.
Smith will also appear 9 a.m. tomorrow, April 6, at Vanderbilt University's First Amendment Center. Kind of nice to have too many author events instead of none, huh?