Wednesday, May 2, 2012

StoryCorps Rolls Into Nashville Farmers' Market, Founder Dave Isay Rolls Into Parnassus Books

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Mobile history unit.
  • Mobile history unit.
Today the venerable oral history project StoryCorps arrives at Nashville Farmers' Market for a month-long stay. If you're not familiar, WPLN and Scene contributor Kim Green has about as good an explanation as you're likely to hear over at The Greenery. To wit:

StoryCorps provides a sound booth, a recording engineer, and a simple interviewer’s how-to for folks who aren’t sure how to begin. Forty minutes later, participants go home with a CD of their conversation and, quite often, a life-changing memory. Their stories become part of a great American oral history time capsule—each interview is archived at the Library of Congress. And a number of them have aired on NPR.

Founder Dave Isay, recipient of the MacArthur "genius" grant for his project, will be at Parnassus Books tonight at 6:30 p.m. to talk about it and read from his book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps.

And speaking of Parnassus, co-owner Ann Patchett penned a love letter to Nashville over at HuffPo.

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