Archive for March, 2010

An Interview with biographer and historian Roy Morris Jr.

March 31, 2010

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

Roy Morris Jr.

Roy Morris Jr. writes biographies and nonfiction about the Civil War generation. Previously, we’ve featured Morris talking about his latest book, called Lighting Out For the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed Out West, and Became Mark Twain.

Today, Morris joins us to discuss all the other books he’s written, and to tell us how being a Chattanooga native has influenced his writing.

Listen to the story.

Visit Morris’s Amazon.com page.

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ROY MORRIS JR. BOOK SIGNING ON THE DELTA QUEEN

Where: The Delta Queen riverboat in downtown Chattanooga

What: Author Roy Morris Jr. will be speaking, taking questions, and signing books.  Morris wrote a new biography of Mark Twain called Lighting Out For the Territory… how Samuel Clemens Headed Out West, and Became Mark Twain.

When: Thurs., April 22 at 5:30pm in the Orleans Room on the Delta Queen.

Young Monster & Leo Handmade Gallery

March 31, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

Young Monster and Leo Handmade Gallery are inviting everyone to the grand opening of their new shared space at 22 Frazier Avenue.  The grand opening will be held Friday,  April 2, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm.  The grand opening will feature the art of local photographer Robert “Robot’ Parker.

Young Monster uses screen printing as the primary medium to produce posters, clothing, and art.  The recent move to 22 Frazier Avenue will bring the artists closer to the community than before.  Joining Young Monster in the new space is the Leo Handmade Gallery.  Leo Handmade offers gallery space and features new artists each month along with hand-made fashion and art.  The focus of both groups is on hand-made art and artistic expression through the culture of hand-made objects.

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A New Biography Reveals Mark Twain’s Transformation

March 30, 2010

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

Iconic American author Mark Twain died exactly one hundred years ago this April.  To commemorate that, events are happening all over the nation.  Here in Chattanooga, Roy Morris Jr. will have a book signing on the Delta Queen riverboat on Thursday, April 22nd.

Morris’s book is called Lighting Out For the Territory… how Samuel Clemens Headed Out West, and Became Mark Twain.

Many biographies of Twain have been written, but this one focuses on a lesser-known part of Twain’s life… his six-year journey to the wild West, where young Sam Clemens developed his persona and his literary style, transforming himself into Mark Twain.

Visit Simon and Schuster’s Roy Morris Jr. page.

Listen to Roy Morris Jr. on Around and About, discussing his new biography of Mark Twain.

ROY MORRIS JR. BOOK SIGNING ON THE DELTA QUEEN

Where: The Delta Queen riverboat in downtown Chattanooga

What: Author Roy Morris Jr. will be speaking, taking questions, and signing books.  Morris wrote a new biography of Mark Twain called Lighting Out For the Territory… how Samuel Clemens Headed Out West, and Became Mark Twain.

When: Thurs., April 22 at 5:30pm in the Orleans Room on the Delta Queen.

LifeLine’s Transition Academy

March 30, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

Hamilton County Department of Exceptional Education and the  Chattanooga Area Resource and Education Project of LifeLine Inc.  are teaming up to provide a Transition Academy on April 17th at Howard School of Academics and Technology.  For special education students nearing the end of high school, the transition plan is a very important part of their educational and personal goals.  Transitioning from services provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to services through the Americans with Disabilities Act can be daunting.  The Transition Academy will help families and students navigate that process.

Pre-registration is encouraged to attend the workshops.  You can register online or by calling (423) 622-4007.

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“The Primitive Streak” wins first place in New Play Festival

March 30, 2010

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents “The Primitive Streak,” by Hunter Rogers on the Circle Stage through April 10th.     Here’s the video promotion for this “dramedy” which won the Theatre Centre’s biennial Festival of New Plays.

Hunter Rogers and the plays Director, Hope Alexander discuss “The Primitive Streak” for WUTC listeners.     Rogers and Alexander urge Chattanoogans to attend this and other local theater productions.

Alexander grew up in theater as the daughter of an actress.    She has worked with major playwrights like Edward Albee in a production of “Tiny Alice” and Tennessee Williams.    She also toured the U.S. with actor Michael Redgrave performing a “Night of Shakespeare” for audiences.    And she appeared as a character in the new “WKRP in Cincinnati.”     Alexander recently moved to the Tennessee Valley from California.    Here’s a link to Alexander’s filmography.

Listen to the Story:

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

“Synthetic Soul,” by Local Author Melissa Levi

March 29, 2010

Melissa Levi’s book

“Being a single parent, there’s not much time to write,” says author about writing her newly published thriller.    Melissa Levi completed “Synthetic Soul” a full three years before submitting it for publishing.    Then as  her 40th birthday approached, Levi decided to take the plunge.     Twelve weeks later she received a contract from Tate Publishing, the first publisher she had chosen.

This author decided to use her own name instead of a pen name for her book even though her research suggested that a masculine nom de plume might appeal to a wider audience, especially in the science-fiction genre.   I was surprised to find out how many female authors have used pseudonyms to disguise their gender.

Here’s an article I found on the subject:
tombstones

“dead women with pen names
writers in disguise

When she first began writing children’s books, publishers asked Joanne Kathleen Rowling to change her name; they were afraid boys wouldn’t read a book written by a woman. With a couple of bestsellers under her belt now, J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” books, can safely lay claim to her name and her sex! It didn’t used to be so easy… In the past, when women picked up a pen, they often picked up a pen name, too.

Watch the trailer for “Synthetic Soul” at Tate Publishing’s website.

For more information on this author or to purchase a copy of this book, visit her online at MelissaLevibook.com.

Read the article entitled, “Levi has the Soul of an Author,” published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Listen to the Story:

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

4 Bridges Arts Festival

March 29, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The Association for Visual Arts is hosting the 10th annual 4 Bridges Arts Festival on April 17th and 18th.  The festival brings fine art from more than 100 artists across the country to the First Tennessee Pavilion in celebration of artistic expression.   This year there will be local restaurants providing the festival food.  The children’s tent offers a new arts project scheduled every 2 hours, and the musical line up provides a variety of music from many genres.  There is a small admission price at the gate for 4 Bridges Arts Festival.

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United States Power Squadrons

March 26, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The United States Power Squadrons hope to help make boating fun and safe for everyone on the water.  The Chattanooga chapter of  US Power Squadrons will be hosting boating safety classes starting April 6th.  The 5 week America’s Boating Course is designed to help you learn boating safety requirements, operator responsibilities, rules of the road, how to chart your course, communications, and more.  You call Sue Kuemmel at 832-474-3822 for more information or register for the boating safety course with the Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron.

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Volunteers In Medicine

March 25, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

Almost 5 years ago a clinic opened in Chattanooga that provides care for people who have no medical insurance and might not be able to afford medical care. This clinic is operated primarily by volunteers and is always absolutely free to the patients. Volunteers in Medicine is a nonprofit faith-based organization that hosts this free medical clinic.

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Interview with NASA Astronaut Roger K. Crouch

March 24, 2010

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

Roger K. Crouch

This story begins in Polk County, Tennessee… and ends in outer space.

It’s the story of Roger Crouch, who used to dream of being a pilot or an astronaut.   In the 1950’s, before the space program even existed, he watched science fiction films and was inspired–he hoped to fly to the stars.

When Crouch was in high school, a medical diagnosis made that dream nearly impossible.  But Crouch never gave up, and his dedication paid off in an amazing way.

Listen to the story.


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