Author Susan Gilmore To Be At Grace Episcopal Church Feb. 28

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

From Mark Twain to William Faulkner, from Flannery O’Connor to Fannie Flagg, a vast chorus of voices has sung (or drawled) in all possible keys about the wonders and oddities of Southern culture and history. Grace Episcopal Church invites the community to interact with a current member of that provocative choir on Feb. 28, when author and Grace parishioner, Susan Gregg Gilmore, signs books at a reception in her honor from 5-7 p.m. in the Ruth and Leon Balch Reading Room.

Ms. Gilmore writes fiction set in familiar territory to most of us – Ringgold, Sequatchie County and Nashville – and which documents Southerners’ heroic virtues, hilarious peculiarities, and challenging issues.  Her novels Funeral Dress, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen will resonate with those who have lived in the region and have both the warm hearts and the psychic scars to prove it; not only does she present amusing portraits of individuals but also manages to show frankly some uncomfortable truths underlying matters of race, social strata, illusion, and the value of community in the course of her story-telling.

Ms. Gilmore grew up in Nashville, the child of an artistic mother and father who was a gifted raconteur, having been raised by a revival-bred preacher. She reported for the University of Virginia’s newspaper before graduating with a degree in history and taking a secretarial job for the Smithsonian Institution; she later earned a Master of Arts Degree in American Studies from the University of Texas. She and her husband have raised three daughters, and she has participated fully in the culture of Southern motherhood, baking cookies for bake sales, teaching Sunday School, and chairing fundraisers. At some point, her taste for history and affection for the South and its singular flavor, led her to attempt a screenplay, which turned into a novel. With three works of fiction currently in publication, she is now working on a fourth work, which will be a historical novel.

There is no charge for the event. Copies of Ms. Gilmore’s books will be available during the event through the church’s bookstore.

For more information, call 423 243-3257 or e-mail office@saygrace.net. 


Bob Tamasy: A Fan…Or A Follower?

A few years ago Kyle Idleman wrote Not a Fan. In this book he explains the difference between being a fan of something and being a follower. The distinction, as Idleman points out, is critical. Most of us consider ourselves fans of someone or something. We might have a favorite author whose books we avidly read, or a singer or musical group whose recordings we buy as soon ... (click for more)

Healthier Tennessee Launches “Small Starts @ Worship”

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, through its Healthier Tennessee initiative, on Wednesday announced the launch of “Small Starts @ Worship,” an online wellness toolkit for faith communities. It is available at no cost to congregations across the state at  www.healthierTN.com . “Places of worship play an integral role in our communities. They are places where ... (click for more)

Attorneys For Life Care Centers Of America Seek Direct Appeal On Key Issue In Federal Lawsuit

Attorneys for Life Care Centers of America are seeking a direct appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on a key issue in the case in which the federal government is seeking millions of dollars in reimbursements, plus treble damages, against the Cleveland, Tn.,-based firm. The attorneys want to appeal a decision by Federal Judge Sandy Mattice that would allow the testimony ... (click for more)

Couple Die In Wreck In Marion County After Vehicle Goes Off Highway In A Curve

Two people died in a wreck in Marion County late Saturday night. The victims were identified as Glenda White, 33, of Palmer, Tn., and Jeremy Braden, 28, of Gruetli Laager, Tn. Both were ejected from their vehicle. They ran off the left side of Highway 108 at a curve while going north. The vehicle went through a fence into a field, before striking a tree and then coming ... (click for more)

Frances Pope Is The Only Answer For East Ridge Mayor

The time is upon us to stand together for a change, a changing of the guard for the better.  A time to elect officials that will actually listen to all the citizens that have concerns. A time to come together to watch East Ridge grow with new development. A time to elect the people in charge of the direction the city goes. A time when community involvement is essential. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!

Just moments before Florida would seal a football 10-9 victory over Tennessee in early October, the student section in Neyland Stadium stooped to a new low when it vociferously chanted, “F*** you, Florida! F*** you, Florida!” It was shocking, a loud and vulgar display of all that sportsmanship isn’t, and served as a great embarrassment to Knoxville and the university. Jimmy Cheek, ... (click for more)