Schedule of Events & Special Guests
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
114 East Main Street, Franklin, TN
11-2 – WENDELIN VAN DRANNEN -Wendelin Van Draanen is the author of the Edgar-Award-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series, the Christopher Award winning Shredderman books, and many other much loved titles including Flipped and The Running Dream.
11-2 – MARK PARSONS has been a drummer since 7th grade when he saved $100 from his paper route to buy a used drum set, and he’s been pounding away ever since. He’s a long-standing contributor for Modern Drummer magazine, and has written non-fiction books on audio and music-related topics. Mark lives on the Central Coast of California with his wife and two sons (the four of whom comprise the ever-eclectic dance-rock band, Risky Whippet). Road Rash is his debut novel.
A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny, funky, bittersweet debut YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap. After being dropped from one band, 17-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much better band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip. . . . Zach’s in control on the drums, driving the band, keeping things moving at the right pace. But when the show is over, his timing is all off. The jealousies and rivalries within his new group keep him off-balance. The awesome original song he recorded backfires. And the girl he left back home is suddenly talking about this other guy . . .
Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.
1-3 – TAMERA ALEXANDER is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, including A Lasting Impression, A Beauty So Rare, To Whisper Her Name, and From a Distance. Her richly drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide, as well as multiple industry awards. These awards include two Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian fiction, two RITA awards for Best Inspirational Romance, three Gayle Wilson Awards of Excellence, two Bookseller’s Best Awards, and being listed among Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction, among others. After living in Colorado for
seventeen years, Tamera has returned to her Southern roots. She and her husband now make their home in Nashville where they enjoy life with their two adult children who live nearby, and Jack, a precious—and precocious—silky terrier.
2-5 – CHRISTIE JONES RAY Franklin’s own, Christie Jones Ray is a self-taught artist/illustrator and author of several handwritten books, including the Eliza Series, the Fox Family of Franklin, and creator of the Eliza mouse-making guide and kit. Both her stories and illustrations are sure to delight, reminiscent of Beatrix Potter.
3-5 – LEONARD ISAACS, Franklin Tennessee,…The Jewel of the Harpeth, recounts the many remembrances of growing up in Franklin, Tennessee. These recollections are funny, surprising and sometimes sad. All are highly entertaining. Franklin was a typical small town in the South, with its cast of characters: the wheeler-dealers, the store owners, the policemen, the preachers, the educators, the outrageous citizens, and all in between. You will no doubt discover that Leonard was unusually gifted to get into humorous scrapes and pranks – and also, how to get out of them, time and again. Leonard also covers race relations at that time in Southern history with sensitivity, and an unusual desire and ability to bridge racial divides – a trait which he maintains to this day. This book will either bring back memories of small towns in the South, or provide a glimpse for younger readers of what life was like in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s in Franklin, Tennessee.
Sunday, April 27th, 2014
12-4 – ALLISON FOX & FRIENDS, Home & Hill, A Quarterly Magazine in the Tennessee Tradition, Home & Hill is a peek into the ingenuity of Tennesseans.This publication sings the “varied carols” of work, home, service, and play of the people who live here in a thoughtful and light way. We have an idea about life well-lived through a balance of progress and tradition, and we like stories and images that speak to that. A lens through which Tennesseans can stay connected with their state, Home & Hill Magazine prints quarterly. The publication is bound in a medley of in-depth profiles, cultural essays, culinary insights, and sports and music features.
12-2 ANDRA WATKINS – To Live Forever, An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis
Explorer Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madame mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em. To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is a genre-bending novel that usually falls through the cracks as agents and publishers struggle to figure out ‘what shelf does it go on?‘ At Word Hermit Press, our answer is every shelf! A rich palimpsest of history, suspense, paranormal and biography, we think To Live Forever creates its own category, which we call “fantastic fiction.” We believe you will agree.
Andra Watkins is a native of Tennessee, but is lucky to call Charleston, South Carolina, home for 23 years. Andra Watkins is the first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. 15 miles a day. 34 days. Alone. Her historic walk launched her debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, a mishmash of historical fiction, paranormal fiction and suspense that follows Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame) after his mysterious death on the Natchez Trace in 1809.
12-2 – GREGORY L. WADE, Broken Valley, The Barker family lives in a remote valley of Tennessee during the Civil War, finding themselves in the chaos of the bloody conflict. Although to many the issues are black and white, the Barkers exist in a world of uncertainty. To protect their homes and lives, they must often reevaluate their beliefs in the midst of life altering upheaval. Their valley neighbors are no different. They also must make quick decisions about loyalty, family, and duty. The Sequatchie Valley is not one of wealth, but it is one of beauty. War threatens at their very doorsteps, and actions have far-reaching and unexpected consequence. Even as the war comes to an end, things are no easier. The country might be under the guise of peace, but conflicts do not cease. The Barker?s isolation brings dangerous people to their realm. Externally, they must fight as they heal from the physical and emotional scars of the Civil War. They will persevere, as Americans always have, but at what price? Gregory L. Wade is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He is active in preserving Civil War battle ground and is the founder of the Franklin, Tennessee, Civil War Round Table. An insurance company executive, Wade resides with his wife Beth in Franklin. He has three grown children. Having written for several history publications, Broken Valley is his first novel.
2-4 – JAMES A. CRUTCHFIELD , The Battle of Franklin, Twilight of the Army of Tennessee, Franklin resident and Tennessee native James A. Crutchfield is the author of fifty books, including volumes on various aspects of American history, biography, and general interest subjects. He is the 2011 recipient of the Western Writers of America (WWA) Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western Literature. Over the years he has also received a Spur Award, three Stirrup Awards, and the Branding Iron Award from WWA, as well as two commendation awards from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).
Saturday, April 26th
11:00-12:15 Karissa Selby
12:15-1:45 Eric Heatherly’s Goats of Kudzu
2:00-3:30 Anthony Adams and The Nite Owls
3:45-5:15 Kristin Larkin
5:30-7:00 Shane Whalen
Sunday, April 27th
12:00-1:30 Eric Heatherly’s Goats of Kudzu
1:45-2:45 Oxford Fall
3:00-4:30 Amber’s Drive
4:45-6:00 Danny Trashville