Archive for December, 2009

PAINT OUT: An Art Event in Chattanooga

December 10, 2009

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The Reflections Gallery is sponsoring an event called PAINT OUT at the Eastgate Town Center in Chattanooga.

It happens on Friday, December eleventh, starting at 1 p.m. It’s a reception and show for local artists.  The artists will be there doing demonstrations of their work, painting *live* in front of an audience.  Gallery curator Amanda Austin joins us to talk about the event.

Interview With Sam Beall, author of the Blackberry Farm Cookbook

December 10, 2009

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Today on Around and About, a cookbook based on recipes from the kitchen of a world-class Tennessee restaurant.

Sam Beall joins us.  He is a trained chef.  He’s the proprietor of Blackberry Farm ,a place that’s also a restaurant and a country inn serving foothills cuisine.  The philosophy of the place is “farm to table”; food grown on the farm is prepared and served right there at the restaurant.

A 2004 Zagat survey named the location as America’s number one small inn.

And Sam Beall was recently a guest on the Martha Stewart show, demonstrating his Blackberry Farm style cooking.

The book has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it “big, bold and beautiful… a reflection of the good life.”

The book has also been a number-one Amazon best seller.

Beall, who spoke to us during a signing at Rock Point Books, says he is a little surprised by the attention.

Robert Hicks reads an excerpt from A Separate Country.

December 3, 2009

From the Publishers Weekly Review:

ROBERT HICKS follows his bestselling The Widow of the South with the grand, ripped-from-the-dusty-archives epic of Confederate general John Bell Hood. The story begins with Hood, on his deathbed with yellow fever, dispersing a stack of papers to former war nemesis Eli Griffin, urging him to publish the general’s “secret memoir.” Hood’s story picks up in 1878 as he, nearly broke, reflects on the past 10 years’ dwindling fortunes.

We recorded Hicks talking about his book and reading an excerpt from it when he visited the WUTC studios.

Listen to Hicks discuss the book and read the excerpt.

A Separate Country: An interview with novelist Robert Hicks

December 3, 2009

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Robert Hicks’s first book, called THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH, was a New York Times bestseller.  It was based on the true story of a Civil War battle in Franklin Tennessee… one of the war’s bloodiest battles.

Hicks recently visited Chattanooga for a signing at Rock Point Books and stopped in to chat with us.

His new novel, A SEPARATE COUNTRY, takes place after Franklin and tells the story of General John Bell Hood.

Visit Hicks’s Web site here.

And on Friday, December 4th, you can meet Hicks in person during a book signing at the Chattanooga Barnes and Noble.