Pulitzer-winning author to share stories locally

Pulitzer-winning author to share stories locally
Pulitzer-winning author to share stories locally | Pulitzer-winning author to share stories locally
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
He was raised in Possum Trot.
But not ours.
Alabama author Rick Bragg’s stories, nevertheless, stir memories and cement bonds we share as Southerners growing up in small communities — whether our Possum Trots are in Tennessee or Alabama or in areas that don’t even truly conform to recognizable geo-political-cultural boundaries. He will be discussing those common threads and referring to his trilogy of family stories and his three other books when he visits the area next week.
The former New York Times columnist, who claimed writing’s most prestigious award — the Pulitzer Prize — for his work there, will be the guest of honor at the Union City Rotary Club Distinguished Speaker banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Hampton Center. Tickets are on sale at Lanzer’s Printing and Office supply in downtown Union City.
Earlier that day, he will be speaking to high schoolers and some advanced English class eighth-graders from both the Union City and Obion County school systems at a free student-only event at Union City Civic Auditorium. He will also be the featured speaker Feb. 2 at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Meek Library Lecture at 7 p.m. at Watkins Auditorium.
In addition to penning books — and there are a couple more “under construction” at the moment — Bragg provides a monthly column for Southern Living magazine and draws on his storehouse of personal experience and on-the-job-training to instruct aspiring authors who are students at the University of Alabama. He teaches classes in writing there.
Copies of “All Over but the Shoutin’,” the book area students have been reading over the past few weeks, are on sale at Walmart. The volume is the first of three Bragg has written to tell the story of his family and the impact they have had on his life.
“Rick Bragg is not only a wonderful story teller, but he has a master’s touch with language and his books are a delight to the senses,” a Rotary Club spokesman said. “His connection in person with those who love a good book is a very special event, as well, and we are looking forward to some wonderful times with this Possum Trot legend.” Published in The Messenger 1.24.12

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