books

Children’s Book Signing to Go Down in History at NPT

Posted by on November 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

Anyone who has experienced change can understand a little of Savannah Green’s troubles in Gloria Respress-Churchwell’s new children’s book, Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History A Savannah Green Story. Uprooted by her father’s death, Savannah sulks about being transplanted to Robert Churchwell Elementary School, an unfamiliar Nashville setting. Savannah’s outlook shifts when she finds out […]

The Southern Festival of Books Takes Place October 12-14.

Posted by on October 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

One our favorite cultural events of the year takes place this weekend, October 12-14 at the Legislative Plaza. The Southern Festival of Books is a free event that offers “readers and writers an opportunity to interact, and create a public community that promotes and celebrates the joy of reading and of lifelong learning.” In short, […]

What We`re Reading This Summer

Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

Even though we run a television station, we’re big on books and reading at Nashville Public Television, whether it’s doing it ourselves or encouraging other people to do it. Nearly all our kids programs are about reading in some way, whether it’s Super Why!, Word Girl, Sesame Street or Martha Speaks. We’ve been talking about […]

Sherlock Gets a Contemporary Makeover (and Eight Others We Think Could Use One)

Posted by on October 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

By Erin McInnis and Joe Pagetta Picture the scene. We’re in London where there has been a rash of seemingly identical suicides. Or has there?  Wanting to reassure the community, Inspector Lestrade holds a press conference to release a statement and answer questions from the media. In true Holmes fashion, Sherlock e-blasts his opinion via […]

The Thirteen Novels Every American Should Read

Posted by on September 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

In honor of its 50th anniversary, we recently reread Harper Lee’s iconic To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was even more amazing than we remembered, and our first thought when finishing it was, “wow, we wish every American would read this.” We started thinking of other books, novels especially, that we thought every American should […]

How Margret and H.A. Rey Saved Curious George (and He Saved Them)

Posted by on June 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

About a year ago, I was cycling in southern Williamson County, through the Bethesda and College Grove communities, when I came across a yard sale. Among the old clothes and tattered books and records was a stuffed Curious George doll, in near-perfect condition. He was about two feet tall, and priced just a few dollars. […]

Nashville Hosts A Citywide Celebration of Mark Twain

Posted by on August 20, 2009 at 10:19 am
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Last year, when the Mayor’s Office and the Nashville Public Library encouraged a citywide read of the works of John Irving, I threw myself in to it. I decided to devour A Prayer for Owen Meany over several weeks, and took myself very seriously. Everywhere I went, I carried my beat-up paperback copy of the […]

Podcast of John Updike on A Word on Words

Posted by on February 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm

The tributes to the late John Updike have been all over the media these last few days, including a wonderful one by Charles McGrath in Sunday’s New York Times Week in Review. McGrath was sometimes Updike’s editor at The New Yorker. “His gifts were his eye and his sensibility,” writes McGrath, “which enabled him to […]

Podcast Exclusive: Bill Ivey on Arts Inc.

Posted by on November 11, 2008 at 8:28 am

It was announced last week that Nashville’s Bill Ivey, director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, has been tapped for President-elect Barack Obama‘s transition team for arts and culture. Ivey has had a long successful career as as folklorist, musicologist and champion of the arts. He was the […]

David Maraniss Talks Rome 1960 on A Word on Words

Posted by on October 10, 2008 at 3:22 pm
David Maraniss (Left) and John Seigenthaler on the set of A Word on Words.

The Southern Festival of Books started today at War Memorial Plaza, which means plenty of great writers in town for John Seigenthaler to interview on A Word on Words. These include David Maraniss, journalist, historian and author of four critically acclaimed and bestselling books: When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, First in […]