Biographies 

All about the Authors

Jeff Abbott, a resident of Austin, Texas, is the author of the mysteries DO UNTO OTHERS and THE ONLY GOOD YANKEE.

Deborah Adams wrote ALL THE DEADLY BELOVED; ALL THE HUNGRY MOTHERS and other mysteries.

Sheila Kay Adams lives in the small North Carolina community where she was born and raised and pursues a career sharing the music, stories, and heritage of her mountain culture. COME GO HOME WITH ME is her first book.

Betty Adcock wrote THE DIFFICULT WHEEL, her first book of poems. She teaches at Meredith College in North Carolina.

lives in Knoxville, Tenn. She wrote and illustrated THE EGYPTIAN POLAR BEAR.

William M. Akers taught screenwriting at Vanderbilt University and wrote the screenplays for Ernest Rides Again and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, among others.

is the author of BURDEN OF A SECRET: A STORY OF TRUTH AND MERCY IN THE FACE OF AIDS.

Liz Allison wrote DAVEY ALLISON: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE.

grew up in Kingsport, Tenn. She has published five novels, including KINFLICKS, ORIGINAL SINS, OTHER WOMEN, BEDROCK, and her most recent, FIVE MINUTES IN HEAVEN.

Ellis Amburn is working on a biography of Jack Kerouac. BUDDY HOLLY is Amburn’s current release.

A. Manette Ansay wrote VINEGAR HILL, SISTER and a short-story collection, READ THIS AND TELL ME WHAT IT SAYS.

Tom C. Armstrong is book editor for Nashville Life. His latest book is LOVING WORDS AND GENTLE BARBS FROM CUPID’S ARROW.

wrote WHEN THE YANKEES CAME: CONFLICT AND CHAOS IN THE OCCUPIED SOUTH, 1861-1865.

David P. Badger has edited five books by nature photographer John Netherton, including FROGS.

Garry Barker’s recent book is NOTES FROM A NATIVE SON: ESSAYS ON THE APPALACHIAN EXPERIENCE.

Nevada Barr is a ranger at Natchez Trace Parkway in Clinton, Miss. Barr is the author of ILL WIND and TRACKOFTHECAT.

Dorothy Bates is the author of eight cookbooks, including THE GEORGE BERNARD SHAW VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK.

Madison Smartt Bell was born and raised in Tennessee but now lives in Baltimore. He is the author of eight novels, including WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, STRAIGHT CUT, SAVE ME, JOE LOUIS, SOLDIER’S JOY and ALL SOULS’ RISING.

Patricia Bell Scott is the editor of the bestselling anthologies, LIFE NOTES: PERSONAL WRITINGS BY CONTEMPORARY BLACK WOMEN and DOUBLE STITCH: BLACK WOMEN WRITE ABOUT MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS.

Cherie Bennett is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and one of the bestselling novelists for teenagers in America. She wrote the SUNSET ISLAND series and GOODBYE, BEST FRIEND.

is the author of six novels, including HEADING WEST, TALL HOUSES IN WINTER, and SOULS RAISED FROM THE DEAD. She also has three collections of short stories, including THE ASTRONOMER AND OTHER STORIES.

Mike Blakely wrote the Western novels TOO LONG AT THE DANCE, THE LAST CHANCE, and SHORTGRASS SONG.

wrote DEAD TIME, SLOW BURN, GONE QUIET and DONE WRONG.

Robert S. Brandt is the author of the Sierra Club’s TENNESSEE HIKING GUIDE and has published articles in Tennessee Conservationist, and Tennessee Historical Quarterly. His current book is TOURING THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE BACKROADS.

Roberta Simpson Brown is the author of THE WALKING TREES and QUEEN OF THE COLDBLOODED TALES.

Daniel Butler wrote AMERICA’S DUMBEST CRIMINALS.

Will D. Campbell is a civil rights pioneer, an uncommon preacher, and a noted novelist and nonfiction author. His new book, THE STEM OF JESSE, deals with the problems of racism, drugs, and protest in the 1960s.

Orson Scott Card has written more than 26 books, including the series The Tales of Alvin Maker (SEVENTH SON, RED PROPHET, PRENTICE ALVIN, and ALVIN JOURNEYMAN).

David L. Carlton worte MILL AND TOWN IN SOUTH CAROLINA, 1880-1920. He also has an essay in THE SOUTH AS AN AMERICAN PROBLEM.

Pat Carr wrote WOMEN IN THE MIRROR and OUR BROTHERS’ WAR.

Mae Bertha Carter is a tireless civil rights activist. Her story is told by Constance Curry in the book SILVER RIGHTS.

Bill Caton has been a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for 13 years. His first nonfiction book, FIGHTING WORDS, was published this year.

Joyce E. Chaplin is the author of AN ANXIOUS PURSUIT: AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION AND MODERNITY IN THE LOWER SOUTH, 1730-1815.

Charlie Chase cohosts, with Lorianne Crook, on The Nashville Network. Their book is CROOK & CHASE: OUR LIVES, THE MUSIC, AND THE STARS.

Carol Higgins Clark is the daughter of suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark. Her own mysteries include DECKED, SNAGGED, and, most recently, ICED.

James C. Cobb’s books inlude THE MOST SOUTHERN PLACE ON EARTH: THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA AND THE ROOTS OF REGIONAL IDENTITY. He recently edited THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA AND THE WORLD: THE MEMOIRS OF DAVID L. COHN.

William Cobb is the author of HARRY REUNITED, his fourth novel. A previous novel, A WALK THROUGH FIRE, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

Daniel Cooper is the author of LEFTY FRIZZELL: THE HONKY-TONK LIFE OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S GREATEST SINGER.

wrote FAMILY and IN SEARCH OF SATISFACTION, A PIECE OF MINE and the recently published SOME LOVE, SOME PAIN, SOMETIME.

wrote A FEW MILES ABOVE SHANKLIN ALLEY, her first collection of poetry.

Dennis Morgan Cottrell is a high school English teacher in Lawrenceburg. THE LAW OF GRAVITY is his first published novel.

Richard A. Couto is the author of LIFTING THE VEIL and the current AN AMERICAN CHALLENGE.

Dennis Covington is the author of SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN, LIZARD, and LASSO THE MOON.

cohosts, with Charlie Chase, . Together they wrote CROOK & CHASE: OUR LIVES, THE MUSIC, THE STARS, a behind-the-scenes look at the TV show.

Hal Crowther, a widely syndicated columnist, is the author of UNARMED BUT DANGEROUS, a collection of essays.

Constance Curry wrote SILVER RIGHTS, a story from the front lines of the U. S. civil rights movement.

Don Cusic has written extensively on country music. His most recent book is COWBOYS AND THE WILD WEST: AN A-Z GUIDE FROM THE CHISHOLM TRAIL TO THE SILVER SCREEN.

Janet Dailey is a romance novelist. She is the bestselling female writer in America and the third bestselling author in the world. LEGACIES is her most recent book.

Paula Danziger, bestselling children’s author, wrote AMBER BROWN IS NOT A CRAYON, AMBER BROWN, AMBER BROWN GOES FOURTH and THE CAT ATE MY GYMSUIT.

Janice Daugharty wrote DARK OF THE MOON, GOING THROUGH THE CHANGE and NECESSARY LIES.

Dee Davis has worked as a photographer in Nashville since 1990. Her book is LOOKING FOR #1: PORTRAITS AND PASSIONS OF NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS.

has written numerous fantasy novels, including MOONHEART, SPIRITWALK and his latest, MEMORY AND DREAM.

Miriam DeCosta-Willis edited THE MEMPHIS DIARY OF IDA B. WELLS and coedited EROTIQUE NOIRE/BLACK EROTICA.

Terrence E. Deal’s most recent book is LEADING WITH SOUL: AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY OF SPIRIT.

David Dick, a journalist, is the author of four books, A CONVERSATION WITH PETER P. PENCE, THE VIEW FROM PLUM LICK, FOLLOW THE STORM, and PEACE AT THE CENTER.

D.J. Donelson writes about a fictional New Orleans chief medical examiner and his suicide investigator in the mysteries NO MARDI GRAS FOR THE DEAD, CAJUN NIGHTS, and BLOOD ON THE BAYOU. His latest is NEW ORLEANS REQUIEM.

Ellen Douglas wrote A FAMILY’S AFFAIRS; CAN’T QUIT YOU, BABY, and APOSTLES OF LIGHT. A LIFETIME BURNING is her most recent book.

Don H. Doyle coedited THE SOUTH AS AN AMERICAN PROBLEM.

Gerald Duff wrote INDIAN GIVER, GRAVEYARD WORKING, and THAT’S ALL RIGHT, MAMA, as well as two books of poems.

is the author of six novels, including RANEY, WALKING ACROSS EGYPT, and REDEYE.

John Egerton’s most recent book is SPEAK NOW AGAINST THE DAY. He also has an essay in THE SOUTH AS AN AMERICAN PROBLEM.

Ron Elliott is the grandnephew of Berry Howard, one of the men tried for the murder of would-be Kentucky Gov. William Goebel in 1900. His book, ASSASSINATION AT THE STATE HOUSE, explores the mysterious murder.

Walburga Von Raffler Engel has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books, the most recent of which is THE PERCEPTION OF THE UNBORN ACROSS CULTURES OF THE WORLD.

Sidney Saylor Farr’s books include MORE THAN MOONSHINE, WHAT TOM SAWYER LEARNED FROM DYING, and her current release, TABLE TALK.

Kathy Ferris is the author of JAMES JOYCE AND THE BURDEN OF DISEASE.

C. Stephen Fouquet wrote NOTES TO MY BECCA: A FATHER’S THOUGHTS ON WELCOMING HIS LONG-AWAITED CHILD.

Barbara Freeman is a renowned leader in the Storytelling Renaissance, a recipient of the Most Outstanding Performer Award, and a teller of witty Appalachian tales. She is also an author and a recording artist, with seven award-winning cassettes.

Stephen G. Fritz has published numerous articles on German history. He is the author of FRONTSOLDATEN: THE GERMAN SOLDIER IN WORLD WAR II.

Frye Gaillard is the author of THE WAY WE SEE IT, LESSONS FROM THE BIG HOUSE and KYLE AT 200 MPH.

is a poet, children’s author, and nationally syndicated writer of the humorous newspaper feature, “Snickers.” His works include SPEAKING IN TONGUES: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, TICKLE DAY, RIDDLE RHYMES, GOOD CATS BAD CATS, and GOOD DOGS BAD DOGS.

is the author of SIGHTS UNSEEN, ELLEN FOSTER, A VIRTUOUS WOMAN, A CURE FOR DREAMS, and CHARMS FOR THE EASY LIFE.

Virginia Gilbert is an award-winning poet. THAT OTHER BRIGHTNESS is her first full-length book.

Dana Gioia’s most recent collection of poems is THE GODS OF WINTER. His volume, CAN POETRY MATTER?, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award in criticism. Gioia also frequently talks on poetry for the BBC.

says he never wrote a word until he was 40. His first book, INTENTIONAL HARM, was published this year.

Isabel Joshlin Glaser is the author of two books of poetry, DREAMS OF GLORY: POEMS STARRING GIRLS, and OLD VISIONS, NEW DREAMS.

Robert Gleason was a New York book editor for 26 years, and wrote the acclaimed epic fantasy novel, WRATH OF GOD.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a frequent political analyst for The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and . She is the author of THE FITZGERALDS AND THE KENNEDYS and LYNDON JOHNSON AND THE AMERICAN DREAM. Her most recent book is NO ORDINARY TIME: FRANKLIN & ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE HOME FRONT IN WORLD WAR II.

’s most recent book is THE SOUTH IN MODERN AMERICA.

Fred D. Gray is a lawyer whose clients have included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, participants in the Montgomery bus boycott, and participants in the Alabama Syphilis Study. BUS RIDE TO JUSTICE is the story of Rosa Parks’ trial.

Larry J. Griffin is coeditor of THE SOUTH AS AN AMERICAN PROBLEM.

Jim Grimsley is the playwright-in-residence for the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta. He has also written two novels, WINTER BIRDS and DREAM BOY.

edited the book EDITORS ON EDITING: WHAT WRITERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT EDITORS DO.

Peter Guralnick is the author of LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS: THE RISE OF ELVIS PRESLEY. Other works include SWEET SOUL MUSIC, SEARCHING FOR ROBERT JOHNSON, and a novel, NIGHTHAWK BLUES.

Leo Haffey is an attorney and a Writers Guild Signatory Agent. Prior to establishing his law practice, he worked as a producer in the television and motion picture industries.

Louise Hagler is a vegetarian chef and innovator from The Farm in Summertown, Tenn. She wrote THE FARM VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, TOFU QUICK AND EASY, TOFU COOKERY, and most recently, LIGHTEN UP! WITH LOUISE HAGLER.

Charlaine Harris’ most recent book is THE JULIUS HOUSE.

Kitty Harvill is the illustrator of JACK AND THE ANIMALS and BELIEVE IN KATIE LYNN.

Gar Anthony Haywood authored BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST and YOU CAN DIE TRYING.

William Elliott Hazelgrove’s current book is TOBACCO STICKS.

Alexander Heard’s most recent book is SPEAKING OF THE UNIVERSITY: TWO DECADES AT VANDERBILT.

Martha Whitmore Hickman has written more than 20 books, including HEALING AFTER LOSS, ROBERT LIVES WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS and the upcoming SUCH GOOD PEOPLE.

Robert J. Higgs is coeditor of APPALACHIA INSIDE OUT. His other books include GOD IN THE STADIUM: SPORTS AND RELIGION IN AMERICA, and LAUREL AND THORN: THE ATHLETE IN AMERICAN LITERATURE.

wrote SATAN’S LAMBS and FLASHPOINT, both mystery-thrillers.

Hugh Holton is a 26-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and is the author of WINDY CITY and PRESUMED DEAD.

James A. Hoobler is the author of CITIES UNDER THE GUN.

Mary Hood is the author of two collections of short stories, AND VENUS IS BLUE and HOW FAR SHE WENT. FAMILIAR HEAT, published this year, is her first novel.

Murray Hudson is the author of DIRT AND DUTY.

has been a newspaper columnist for more than 20 years. A PRAYER FOR CHILDREN is a collection of short prose about the lives of real children.

David Hunter is a newspaper columnist, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Writers Alliance, and the author of seven books, including TRAILER TRASH FROM TENNESSEE and THE NIGHT IS MINE.

Johnanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than 40 popular books for young readers, including ALDO APPLESAUCE, CLASS CLOWN, RUSSELL SPROUTS and BASEBALL FEVER. Her most recent book is ELISA IN THE MIDDLE.

Jerry Lee Hutchens’ work appears in The Tennessee Conservationist, and the Temperate Bamboo Quarterly. He is the author of SACRED SONG OF THE HERMIT THRUSH.

Greg Iles wrote the thrillers SPANDAU PHOENIX and BLACK CROSS.

Richard Jackson is the author of three books of poems, ALIVE ALL DAY, WORLDS APART, and PART OF THE STORY. He is also editor of POETRY MISCELLANY, MALA REVIJA, and an East European chapbook series.

Peter Jenkins is the author of ALONG THE EDGE OF AMERICA, A WALK ACROSS AMERICA, THE WALK WEST, ACROSS CHINA, and THE ROAD UNSEEN.

Jacqueline Jules’ novel on the Holocaust, THE GREY STRIPED SHIRT, went into a second printing within six months of its January release.

Carsten Kaaz was born in East Germany in 1965. He grew up a devoted Elvis fan in the shadow of the Berlin Wall until his daring escape in 1987. Today he is an American citizen and lives with his wife and son in Memphis, Tenn. He has told his story in his first book, IN THE SHADOW OF THE WALL.

Don Keith is a former scholar/athlete, who brings many of his own experiences to his first novel, THE FOREVER SEASON.

is a Floridian and a lifelong human rights advocate. His books, some widely translated, include PALMETTO COUNTRY, SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, THE CLAN UNMASKED, JIM CROW GUIDE, and, most recently, AFTER APPOMATTOX: HOW THE SOUTH WON THE WAR.

Ron Kidd is the author of 30 books for young readers and five plays. FAMILY UNDER FIRE is his most recent book.

Julie King is the author of THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO INTERVIEWING AND SALARY NEGOTIATION. She is also coauthor, with Betsy Sheldon, of THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO RESUMES AND JOB HUNTING, which was named one of the top career books by U.S. News and World Report.

is the author of THE GRAND OLE OPRY HISTORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC. He has been the editor for the Country Music Foundation’s Journal of Country Music since 1985.

James C. Klotter is the author or editor of nine books. His most recent book is OUR KENTUCKY: A STUDY OF THE BLUEGRASS STATE.

is the author of TALKING WALLS, WHO BELONGS HERE, and WELCOMING BABIES, all of which are multicultural books for children.

Yung Krall wrote A THOUSAND TEARS FALLING, the true story of a Vietnamese family torn apart by war.

Michael Kreyling is the author of AUTHOR AND AGENT: EUDORA WELTY AND DIARMUID RUSSELL and has an essay in the recently published THE SOUTH AS AN AMERICAN PROBLEM.

John C. Kuzenski is the creator of the Southern Politics Home Page on the World Wide Web and the author of DAVID DUKE AND THE REBIRTH OF RACE IN SOUTHERN POLITICS.

Dewey W. Lambdin’s latest work is H.M.S. COCKEREL. It is the latest in Lambdin’s series of six historical adventures set in the Great Age of Sail, the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

Scout Cloud Lee is the author of 11 books, including THE CIRCLE IS SACRED.

Kent Anderson Leslie wrote WOMAN OF COLOR, DAUGHTER OF PRIVILEGE.

Billie Letts’ first novel, WHERE THE HEART IS, was honored with the Walker Percy Award at the 1994 New Orleans Writers Conference; film rights were recently bought by 20th Century Fox.

is the author of the THE FDR YEARS. He has also published several other books, including THE SUPREME COURT REBORN, IN THE SHADOW OF FDR, and the prize-winning FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AND THE NEW DEAL.

is the author of numerous articles and books, including IT COMES FROM THE PEOPLE.

Carol Lee Lorenzo’s collection of stories, NERVOUS DANCER, won the 1993 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Robert James Maddox is the author of numerous books, including THE UNITED STATES AND WORLD WAR II and WEAPONS FOR VICTORY: THE HIROSHIMA DECISION FIFTY YEARS LATER.

is coeditor of APPALACHIA INSIDE OUT. He is also coauthor of VOICES FROM THE HILLS and several other books on folklore and folksongs.

is the author of four collections of poetry, including OUT IN THE COUNTRY BACK HOME, TIGHT LINES, VIGILS: SELECTED POEMS, and, most recently, LOST & FOUND.

Julia Markus is the author of four novels: UNCLE, AMERICAN ROSE, FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY, and CHANGE OF LUCK. She also wrote DARED AND DONE: THE MARRIAGE OF ELIZABETH BARRETT AND ROBERT BROWNING.

David G. Martin is the author of GETTYSBURG JULY 1 and CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AT GETTYSBURG.

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of FEATHER CROWNS, IN COUNTRY, and SHILOH AND OTHER STORIES.

Robert K. Massie is the author of NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, JOURNEY, DREADNOUGHT: BRITAIN, GERMANY AND THE COMING OF THE GREAT WAR, and PETER THE GREAT: HIS LIFE AND WORLD, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1981. His most recent book is THE ROMANOVS: THE FINAL CHAPTER.

Taylor McCafferty is the author of the Haskell Blevins mystery series. She also writes the Schuyler Ridgway series under the pseudonym Tierney McClellan. McCafferty’s latest book is CLOSING STATEMENT.

Barry McCloud is editor of DEFINITIVE COUNTRY: THE ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND ITS PERFORMERS.

Sharyn McCrumb is the author of 12 novels, including the highly acclaimed Ballad Books, which include IF I EVER RETURN, PRETTY PEGGYO, THE HANGMAN’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, and SHE WALKS THESE HILLS.

Bill McKibben’s works include THE END OF NATURE, THE AGE OF MISSING INFORMATION and HOPE, HUMAN AND WILD.

Myra McLarey is the author of WATER FROM THE WELL.

Tim McLaurin is the author of four acclaimed books: THE ACORN PLAN, KEEPER OF THE MOON: A SOUTHERN BOYHOOD, WOODROW’S TRUMPET and CURED BY FIRE.

is an Alabama native whose first novel, LAND O’GOSHEN, was nominated for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize.

Gregory McDonald is the author of 24 books, including FLETCH. His most recent mystery is SKYLAR.

Susie Mee edits DOWNHOME, an anthology of Southern women writers. She has published a novel, THE GIRL WHO LOVED ELVIS, and a poetry collection, THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER.

Bob Millard is the author of COUNTRY MUSIC WHAT’S WHAT, COUNTRY MUSIC: 70 YEARS OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE MUSIC, and MUSIC CITY USA.

E. Ethelbert Miller is the author of several collections of poems, most recently, FIRST LIGHT: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS and IN SEARCH OF COLOR EVERYWHERE.

Jim Wayne Miller wrote THE MOUNTAINS HAVE COME CLOSER (a collection of poetry) and the novels NEWFOUND and HIS FIRST BEST COUNTRY.

the author of JACKSON STREET AND OTHER SOLDIER STORIES.

wrote two books of poetry, OLD FAITH and BREATHED ON GLASS. His children’s books include ZORA NEALE HURSTON AND THE CHINABERRY TREE and FREDERICK DOUGLASS: THE LAST DAY OF SLAVERY.

Wilmer Mills is the author of the chapbook TABLE BLESSINGS.

Grace Mirabella is the former editor-in-chief of and the founder of Mirabella magazine. IN AND OUT OF VOGUE is a memoir of her life at the top of the fashion world.

Reavis Mitchell Jr. is the author of THY LOYAL CHILDREN MAKE THEIR WAY, a pictorial history of Fisk University from its beginnings as the Fisk Free School, a school for freed slaves in Nashville.

Vickie L. Montgomery wrote THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO STARTING A BUSINESS.

Cyd Moore is the illustrator of several children’s books, including A FROG INSIDE MY HAT, I LOVE YOU, BUNNY RABBIT and TICKLE DAY.

MariJo Moore is the author of RETURNING TO THE HOMELAND: CHEROKEE POETRY AND SHORT STORIES.

Robert Morgan’s most recent novels are THE HINTERLANDS and THE TRUEST PLEASURE.

Willie Morris is the author of the autobiographical works NEW YORK DAYS and NORTH TOWARD HOME. Morris has also written two books for children: GOOD OLD BOY, a humorous memoir, and A PRAYER FOR THE OPENING OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON

Tommie Morton-Young’s most recent book is AFRO-AMERICAN GENEALOGY SOURCEBOOK.

illustrated A PRAYER FOR THE OPENING OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON and has illustrated or written scores of other books for adults and children.

’s most recent book is HER FACE IN THE MIRROR: JEWISH WOMEN ON MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS.

Betty Palmer Nelson’s UNCERTAIN APRIL is the fourth novel in her Honest Women Series.

’s most recent photographic books are FROGS and TENNESSEE: A BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.

Dorry Baird Norris is the publisher of the quarterly and the author of AN HERB PRIMER FOR AUGUST, WINE AND HERBS, and her latest, SAGE COTTAGE HERB GARDEN COOKBOOK.

Anne Sibley O’Brien illustrated WELCOMING BABIES, TALKING WALLS, and WHO BELONGS HERE? and the JAMAICA series by Juanita Havill.

Randy O’Brien is an award-winning Tennessee journalist and part-time screenwriter.

RAISING HOLY HELL is his first novel.

Carol Orsborn is the author of five books, including SOLVED BY SUNSET: THE RIGHT BRAIN WAY TO RESOLVE WHATEVER’S BOTHERING YOU IN ONE DAY OR LESS.

is the author of PATRON SAINT OF LIARS and TAFT.

Tom Paxton has enjoyed a 35-year international career as a singer-songwriter. He also has nine books for children, including THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS, ENGELBERT THE ELEPHANT, and THE ANIMALS’ LULLABY.

Charles Payne is the author of I’VE GOT THE LIGHT OF FREEDOM: THE ORGANIZING TRADITION AND THE MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM STRUGGLE.

wrote three financial books, 99 GREAT ANSWERS TO FINANCIAL QUESTIONS, ALL ABOUT YOUR 401 (K), and most recently, THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SPENDING, SAVING, AND MANAGING MONEY.

is past president of Sisters in Crime, and is the award-winning author of the popular Jenny Cain mystery series, which includes TWILIGHT, CONFESSION, SAY NO TO MURDER, and DEAD CRAZY.

Katha Pollitt is an associate editor at The Nation, where she writes a bimonthly column, “Subject to Debate.” REASONABLE CREATURES: ESSAYS ON WOMEN AND FEMINISM is a collection of her best pieces.

Joe Porcelli’s THE PHOTOGRAPH is his first novel.

’s most recent novel is THE PROMISE OF REST.

Richard A. Pride’s books include THE BURDEN OF BUSING and THE CONFESSION OF DOROTHY DANNER.

Elizabeth Queener wrote HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE WITHOUT GOING OUT ON A LIMB.

Rita Quillen is the author of two poetry collections, COUNTING THE SUMS and OCTOBER DUSK, and a book of essays, LOOKING FOR NATIVE GROUND: CONTEMPORARY APPALACHIAN POETRY. She was also associate editor of A SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN READER.

wrote SHADOW ON MY SOUL: OVERCOMING ADDICTION TO SUICIDE.

’s first novel, THIEF OF LIGHT, is based on his experiences in the art world.

Shannon Ravenel is one of the founders of Algonquin Books and is its editorial director. She was series editor of BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES for 14 years. NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH, which she edits, is celebrating its 10th year.

Sandra King Ray’s MAKING WAVES IN ZION is her first novel, and she’s at work on a second.

is the author of CANAAN EAST, OF BLOOD AND CLAY, and PENNYRILE PATCHWORK.

is the coauthor of BICYCLING MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

spent six years in Los Angeles writing and developing screenplays for movies and television.

. is a native of Charleston, S.C., a founder of Algonquin Books, and author and editor of some 45 books. His new books are THE HEAT OF THE SUN, a novel, and A WRITER’S COMPANION.

wrote WILL APPALACHIA FINALLY OVERCOME POVERTY?

is the author of THE HOUDINI BOX, and the author/illustrator of DOLL FACE HAS A PARTY and THE ROBOT KING.

Mary Lee Settle wrote BLOOD TIE, CHARLEY BLAND, CELEBRATION and TURKISH REFLECTIONS. CHOICES is Settle’s 13th novel.

Dorothy Shawhan is the author of LIZZIE, her first novel.

Carroll Dale Short wrote THE SHINING SHINING PATH .

Anne Rivers Siddons is the author of over 10 novels, including DOWNTOWN, HILL TOWNS, PEACHTREE ROAD, HEARTBREAK HOTEL, and FAULT LINES.

Rob Simbeck is the author of TENNESSEE STATE SYMBOLS and the publisher of THE TENNESSEE BICENTENNIAL CALENDAR.

Margaret Skinner is the author of MOLLY FLANAGAN AND THE HOLY GHOST and OLD JIM CANAAN.

is the author of SECOND TIME AROUND and BACK IN TIME.

Lee Smith has written nine novels, including THE DEVIL’S DREAM, BLACK MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN, ORAL HISTORY, and her most recent, SAVING GRACE.

Elizabeth Spires has written four books of poetry for adults, GLOBE, SWAN’S ISLAND, ANNONCIADE, and, this fall, WORLD-LING. She is also the author of a children’s book, WITH ONE WHITE WING.

Walter Sullivan’s most recent book is A TIME TO DANCE. His book THE WAR THE WOMEN LIVED, an anthology of selections from Confederate women’s diaries, will be published in November.

Cathy Summerlin is the coauthor of TRAVELING THE TRACE.

Vernon Summerlin is the coauthor of TRAVELING THE TRACE, with Cathy Summerlin. He is also the author of TWO DOZEN FISHIN’ HOLES and editor of Tennessee Angler magazine.

Martha H. Swain’s most recent book is ELLEN S. WOODWARD: NEW DEAL ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN.

illustrated the adventures of FLUMPA AND FRIENDS . . . SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY.

Hudson Talbott is the author/illustrator of the popular WE’RE BACK! A DINOSAUR’S STORY. More recently he is the reteller/artist of KING ARTHUR: THE SWORD IN THE STONE and KING ARTHUR AND THE ROUND TABLE.

Clifton L. Taulbert is the author of THE LAST TRAIN NORTH and ONCE UPON A TIME WHEN WE WERE COLORED.

Jeanie Thompson has published several chapbooks of poetry and two full-length collections, HOW TO ENTER THE RIVER and WITNESS.

is the author of CINNAMON, MINT, & MOTHBALLS, and has published poems and stories in numerous magazines and literary journals.

Norma Tillman is the author of HOW TO FIND ALMOST ANYONE, ANYWHERE, THE ADOPTION SEARCHER’S HANDBOOK, and THE MAN WITH TURQUOISE EYES.

Twyman L. Towery is the author of MALE CODE and his latest, THE WISDOM OF WOLVES.

’s first book is FACE TO FACE WITH COUNTRY.

Judith Van Gieson’s PARROT BLUES is his sixth novel featuring Neil Hamel. Van Gieson’s other books include THE OTHER SIDE OF DEATH, NORTH OF THE BORDER and THE LIES THAT BIND.

Maggi Vaughn’s books include THE LIGHT IN THE KITCHEN WINDOW and GRAND OLE SAT. NIGHT.

Sam Venable is a journalist and the author of five books, including A HANDFUL OF THUMBS AND TWO LEFT FEET, ONE SIZE FITS ALL AND OTHER HOLIDAY MYTHS, and FROM RIDGETOPS TO RIVERBOTTOMS: A CELEBRATION OF OUTDOOR LIFE IN TENNESSEE.

Jim Wallis is the founding editor of Sojourners magazine. He is also a nationally known activist and speaker who has helped to mobilize the religious community around issues of racism, economic justice, disarmament, and peacemaking among inner-city gangs. He is the author of THE SOUL OF POLITICS.

is coauthor of BICYCLING MIDDLE TENNESSEE. He is an avid cyclist who also enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and traveling.

writes about her struggle with bulimia in A CRAVING FOR LIFE.

is the author of DEVIL’S GONNA GET HIM, WHEN DEATH COMES STEALING, and WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?

Carroll Van West most recently wrote TENNESSEE’S HISTORIC LANDSCAPES. Other books include CAPITALISM ON THE FRONTIER.

Marjorie Spruill Wheeler is the editor of VOTES FOR WOMEN!, the author of NEW WOMEN OF THE NEW SOUTH and ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE, the companion volume to the PBS documentary released earlier this year.

Wendy Whitten is the author, songwriter, singer and narrator of THE ADVENTURES OF FLUMPA AND FRIENDS.

is the founding editor of Appalachian Journal, which is now in its 23rd volume. He is the author of HILLBILLYLAND: WHAT THE MOVIES DID TO THE MOUNTAINS AND WHAT THE MOUNTAINS DID TO THE MOVIES and SOUTHERN MOUNTAINEERS IN SILENT FILMS.

L. Lee Wilson is the author of MAKE IT LEGAL, WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY, and the recently published MAKING IT IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS: A BUSINESS AND LEGAL GUIDE FOR SONGWRITERS AND PERFORMERS.

Donald L. Winters is the author of three books and numerous articles on U. S. agricultural history. His most recent book is TENNESSEE FARMING, TENNESSEE FARMERS.

Charles K. Wolfe is the author or editor of some 14 books, including TENNESSEE STRINGS, DEFORD BAILEY, TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN PUBLICITY, and THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF LEADBELLY.

Margaret Ripley Wolfe’s most recent book is DAUGHTERS OF CANAAN: A SAGA OF SOUTHERN WOMEN.

Steven J. Womack is the Edgar Award-winning author of DEAD FOLKS’ BLUES, THE SOFTWARE BOMB, and WAY PAST DEAD. His seventh novel, CHAIN OF FOOLS, will be published next May.

is the editor of SPOOKS, SPIES, AND PRIVATE EYES: BLACK MYSTERY, CRIME AND SUSPENSE FICTION OF THE 20TH CENTURY. She is also the coauthor of I, TOO, SING AMERICA: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN BOOK OF DAYS and I HEAR A SYMPHONY: AFRICAN-AMERICANS CELEBRATE LOVE.

’ latest work is FULBRIGHT: A BIOGRAPHY.

Lynette Boney Wrenn is the author of CINDERELLA OF THE NEW SOUTH: A HISTORY OF THE COTTONSEED INDUSTRY.

Charles Wyatt is principal flutist of the Nashville Symphony. His first collection of short fiction, LISTENING TO MOZART, won the John Simmons Award of the University of Iowa Press.

Paul Zelinsky’s children’s books include SWAMP ANGEL, WHEELS ON THE BUS, and RUMPELSTILTSKIN.

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