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Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s Hank Hung the Moon is Great Reading

Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Clarksville, TN – If you haven’t read Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s books, you’re missing several great reads. Her latest, Hank Hung the Moon (NewSouth Books, Montgomery, Alabama: 2012), is a description of the influence of Hank Williams on Southern life and Southerners in particular

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, Johnson writes a column that appears in about 50 newspapers throughout the U.S. She has reported for United Press International, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Some of her other awards include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest writing, the Headliner Award for commentary, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary.

"Hank Hung the Moon" by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

“Hank Hung the Moon” by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

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Star Power at this Year’s Clarksville Writers’ Conference


Clarksville Writer's ConferenceClarksville, TN – If you weren’t there, you should have been. Clarksville Writers’ Conference attracted not only 70 or so attendees but a dozen or more published writers who brought to the stage star power no where else available in this area.

Take, for instance, Frye Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Florida and author of more than 20 books, who spoke at the superb gala dinner at The Point, the lovely dining room on the Cumberland River edge, just at sunset on Thursday night.

Gaillard reminded the hundred or more guests at the dinner that just across the river is Benfolly, the home of Allen Tate and Caroline Gordon, where the Fugitives, including luminaries like Robert Penn Warren, were fond of gathering.

Frye Gaillard was the keynote speaker at the Clarksville Writers' Conference banquet held June 6th at Liberty Park's Freedom Point.

Frye Gaillard was the keynote speaker at the Clarksville Writers’ Conference banquet held June 6th at Liberty Park’s Freedom Point.

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