The cover of Bill Peach's new book Politics, Preaching, and Philosophy dramatizes the titular concept by juxtaposing shots of a church, the House of Congress and the Parthenon (the real one, presumably). That's a pretty ambitious set of ideas for one book to tackle, but this Franklin author takes them on from a local perspective. Peach is the former proprietor of Pigg and Peach Menswear on Franklin's Main Street, he served on the school board for decades, and he writes for the Williamson Herald, which bills itself as "the voice of America's greatest county." His Herald editorials are the source of this book of essays, which has been blurbed by Maggi Britton Vaughn, the Poet Laureate of Tennessee. He's become known for a balanced perspective that's inspired by a strong yet unconventional faith. At this reading, ask him a question about the intersection of spirituality and politics in Southern life--and maybe get some menswear tips while you're at it.
Tue., July 14, 7 p.m., 2009