Thursday, April 05, 2018

Thursday, April 05, 2018 12:41 am by M. in , ,    No comments
An alert for today, April 5, at the Jackson Madison County Public Library, Tennessee:
Friends of the Library April Review: Dr. Ryan Guth

Please join the Friends of the Library on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., for the Noon Book Review. Author Ryan Guth will discus book project, Livings, a semi-fictional reconstruction of home life of the famous Brontë family, which was featured at the February Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900.
Mr. Guth studied Creative Writing with poets Christopher Buckley and Andrew Hudgins, and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Guth is the author of two mixed-genre books: Home Truths, which is being reissued in a revised and expanded edition Spring of 2018, and Body and Soul, nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a featured title in the 2015 Southern
Festival of Books. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Miramar, Iron Horse, Third Coast Review and The Brontë Society Gazette.
An Assistant Professor of English at Jackson State Community College, he was formerly at Lambuth University, now University of Memphis at Lambuth.
Bring a sack lunch and enjoy desserts provided by the Friends of the Library during the review. This event is free and open to the public. Dessert and snacks will be served starting at 11:30.
The Jackson State Community College has some more information:
His latest work, Livings, explores the strange personalities of the four famous Brontë siblings between 1845 and 1850. After failed careers, they all returned home to become writers and poets and live with their equally unusual father, an elderly Anglican pastor.
"They are fascinating people in their own right," Guth said. "All of them were highly gifted, highly strung and kind of odd. I'm focusing on the atmosphere in the house and what it was like at that time in their lives."
Livings is a work in progress, though he has shared excerpts at literary events and in journals. (...)
Guth's upcoming appearances include the Louisville Conference on Language and Literature in Kentucky from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, where he will read excerpts from Livings. He has also been invited to give a reading from noon to 1 p.m. on April 5 for Jackson-Madison County Friends of the Library. He plans to read pieces from all three of his works.


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