Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tony Randall: Nashville Novelist Gets a Front-Page Section Write-Up in the NYTimes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 3:48 PM

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Seen The New York Times today? Given their choosiness about where they will and won't deliver in Nashville, maybe you haven't. So we'll save you a walk down the driveway in the rain: A front-page feature in the "Home" section profiles Alice Randall, the best-selling Nashville author whose new novel Rebel Yell is a literary pick in the Scene Fall Guide this week. An account of the life of a fictitious African American leader--a man taught from childhood to "put fear behind him," who does so by becoming a conservative scourge--Rebel Yell is already attracting a lot of notice in advance of its October publication. The article gives a slight peek at the novel's subject matter, but it's more interesting for its biographical snippets (Randall evidently received college credit for studying the practice of high tea with Julia Child) and better-than-usual splashes of local color:
The other day, Ms. Randall and Mr. Ewing served a visitor searingly spicy fried chicken at their long table, with tiny roasted sweet peppers, cornbread madeleines and sweet tea. When the visitor's eyes stopped streaming, they took to her to Patterson House, a local bar that developed a whiskey drink named for Ms. Randall's new book. "I love this place," she said. "It's like, 'Can I have a drink for my new novel?' " As her husband noted, Nashville is a very big small town. (Mr. Ewing, a lawyer, likes to say that his family has been here for nine generations, though the first four were involuntary.)
Randall will read from her book Oct. 8 at Fisk Jubilee Hall. She'll also appear at the Southern Festival of Books, running Oct. 9-11 on War Memorial Plaza.

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