Join us Thursday, March 2nd at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square) in Oxford for a live performance and recording of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. FREE Admission.
Guests: Author Michael Knight, author Alex George and music by Americana duo, The Great Dying.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Michael Knight’s latest book is a collection of interlinked stories entitled Eveningland (Atlantic Monthly Press). The setting is the Mobile Bay area in the years preceding a devastating hurricane. Publisher’s Weekly said, “Peppered throughout with regional history… these often funny and heartfelt stories explore life in its messy fullness while also exuding a deep, wistful wisdom.” Knight is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod, the short story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Dogfight and Other Stories, and the novella, The Holiday Season. From 2005 to 2006 he served as the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. Knight currently teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with his family.
Alex George is an Englishman who lives, works, and writes in Missouri. His new novel is Setting Free the Kites (Putnam). It is the story of two friends, Robert Carter and Nathan Tilly, who meet in 1976 in a small coastal Maine town. The boys take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge. George’s previous novel is A Good American. George studied law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris before moving to the United States. He lives in Missouri with his family.
Americana duo, The Great Dying, is based in Oxford and is songwriter/guitarist, Will Griffith and pedal steel guitarist, Kell Kellum. Their plaintive sound is influenced by Ryan Adams, Gram Parsons and early Wilco.