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Join Clearstory Radio at the Southern Festival of the Book this year! We'll be at the top of the stairs at War Memorial Auditorium chatting with Authors from all genres as they talk all things story!
For ten years I had the great pleasure of creating and hosting a radio program on WRFN-Radio Free Nashville. The title of the show has changed with the seasons but the focus has always remained the same. It has always been about the importance the Power of Story in every area of our lives.
To that end I have interviewed best-selling and debut authors such as that guy in the picture, Rick Bragg, our official Elvis of the Southern Word. I've had the pleasure to attend the Nashville Southern Book Festival and interview authors for days on end back-to-back. I did the same thing at SIBA - The Southern Independent Booksellers Association until I lost my voice and couldn't speak but was walking in an exhausted, natural high from so many wonderful story makers like Wm. Paul Young and Elizabeth Berg dropping in to chat.
I've met new authors too long a list to mention and discovered their work for the first time. Authors like Wiley Cash, and Julie Cantrell and Micheal Farris.
I've met young, dynamic writers before they were published and felt like some sort of wordy Godmother as they visited with me on the air, me beaming with so much pride for them you could see it in my voice.
Clearstory has featured publishers, agents, editors, artist, songwriters, and readers. Bloggers, reviewers and festival folk. Booksellers and book binders. Songwriters and musicians who tell stories their way.
We interviewed a man I had met on a plane en route to California who came on the air just to share the story of his family's move from LA to Kentucky and what that was like for them. We talked about why his wife had fell in love with a rural back-road town in Kentucky and been determined to move their urban LA family there. Since it just so happens that they were a Black family moving from a good neighborhood in California to a Southern rural town I sure wish I still had that most excellent visit in the archives.
Everyone has a story. Our world is fueled with them. It's where we find our common ground in all the world. We need to value story as our life blood. To shut up, be still and take the time to listen. I promise you we will be better humans for doing so.
Thank you for tuning in and being a part of my life On Air as the program continues to shape-shift into tomorrow.