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Tennessee Literary Luminaries author Sue Culverhouse to Speak at Woodward Library Society program this Thursday, March 20th

 

Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On Thursday, March 20th, at 5:30pm, Sue Freeman Culverhouse will speak at the Winter Program of the Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State University in Room 232 of the library. Refreshments are at 5:00pm.

The event was originally scheduled for February 20th, but was canceled due to inclement weather.

Her topic will be her third book, Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013). Culverhouse, long a staff-writer for ClarksvilleOnline.com, features in this book eleven Tennessee authors.

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

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Tennessee Literary Luminaries author Sue Culverhouse to Speak at Woodward Library Society program

 

Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On Thursday, February 20th, at 5:00pm, Sue Freeman Culverhouse will speak at the Winter Program of the Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State University in Room 232 of the library.

Her topic will be her third book, Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013). Culverhouse, long a staff-writer for ClarksvilleOnline.com, features in this book eleven Tennessee authors.

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

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Memories of William Gay with Sonny Brewer and William’s Son, Chris

 
Author William Gay (1941-2012) taken at the 2010 Clarksville Writer's Conference

Author William Gay (1941-2012)

A Remembrance and Celebration of the Life of William Gay at Landmark Booksellers in Franklin on Friday, June 29, was one of the most memorable evenings of my life.

Special guests included Sonny Brewer, founder of Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama, as well as the annual literary conference, Southern Writers Reading, and the Fairhope Center for Writing Arts, was a close friend of William. Chris Gay, one of William’s two sons, is a songwriter, singer and guitarist. Both shared their memories of William to an eager audience of listeners.

The memorial service was held at Landmark Booksellers, 114 East Main Street in Franklin, TN just off the town square. The store is a reader’s paradise with floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with literary gems, both rare and new, tempting the reader to load a car or truck or trailer with books of every variety. The store’s walls feature black-and-white pictures of famous Southern authors, especially those from Tennessee. Owners Joel and Carol Tomlin are warm, inviting and extremely knowledgeable about both the books they sell and the many authors represented there. They too were close friends of William Gay who had five readings at Landmark Booksellers over the years with Sonny Brewer attending four of them.

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A Tribute to the Life of William Gay

 

This is an unedited speech given on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Eighth Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference dedicated to the memory of Tennessee author, William Gay.

Clarksville Writer's ConferenceI’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog. To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!

That’s the way Emily Dickinson said it, of course. When I arrive at the Clarksville Writers’ Conference every year and see all these fabulous writers whose books are actually best sellers or aiming at that distinction, I have a hard time not feeling like I’m nobody.

William Gay had to have a little of that feeling in his soul when he arrived to give a reading to the admiring mobs—that is after the 40 odd years of not being published initially. He didn’t go to college but he was probably much more highl educated than many people with a Ph.D. He paid his dues in society with hard work—some of it physical, most of it mental. He read, he absorbed, he learned, he translated what he saw in life onto the written page.

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On the Passing of William Gay

 
Author William Gay taken at the 2010 Clarksville Writer's Conference

Author William Gay (1943 - February 23, 2012)

William Gay, 68, reportedly died in his sleep the night of February 23rd, 2012. Acclaimed as the “William Faulkner of Tennessee” and compared to Cormac McCarthy, William Gay was one of the brightest stars of the Clarksville Writers Conference for the past few years.

A quiet man who shunned the spotlight, William read his work as if he were speaking softly to a friend on the front porch of his log home in Hohenwald. His books did not quiet the soul however; they showed the lowest forms of human beings creating havoc in the lives of others.

William Gay grew up in Hohenwald and finished high school there. He went off with the U. S. Navy to the Viet Nam War but was not known to discuss those years as is common with many other Veterans. He would talk about living in New York and Chicago because he believed you had to do that to become a writer. He outgrew that belief.

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A Glimpse of William Gay

 
Author William Gay reading from his third novel Twilight at the 2011 Clarksville Writer's Conference

Author William Gay

William Gay is a man who looks like “he’s been rode hard and put up wet,” as the old saying goes. You can tell the man has worked at some difficult jobs and has seen a great deal of life—the good, the bad, the ugly.

Instinctively you know that’s why he can bleed people onto the paper.

When he comes to Clarksville Writers’ Conference, he reads from his books and answers questions from his audience like all the other writers but he admits to feeling a bit uncomfortable with strangers. You aren’t likely to see him hanging out in the hallway chatting away.

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