Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, April 11 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Author Nell Freudenberger (“Lost and Wanted”) and musical guests Spencer Thomas, Louise Page (“Simple Sugar”) and a special appearance by Maggie Rose (“Change the Whole Thing”)
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Nell Freudenberger is the author of Lost and Wanted (Knopf) an emotionally engaging, suspense novel told in the voice of a renowned physicist, Helen Clapp. Clapp has become famous for her books on black holes which has led to a professorship at MIT. Lost and Wanted takes off when Nell receives texts from Charlie, her former Harvard roommate. The only problem – Charlie died months before. Even more mysterious: information conveyed in the texts could only have been written by Charlie.
From Kirkus Reviews: “Freudenberger is good at explaining physics, but her real genius is in the depiction of relationships. Each one in the novel, whether between adults, adults and children, or among children, is unique, finely calibrated, and real. The title is a line from a poem by W.H. Auden which doesn’t fully hit until the end of the book, when it takes on heart-rending poignancy.”
Nell Freudenberger’s previous books include the novels The Newlyweds and The Dissident, and the story collection Lucky Girls, winner of the PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Singer-songwriter Maggie Rose’s most recent album is Change the Whole Thing. The disc encompasses a blend of American music melding rock, soul, R&B, country and gospel.
Rose has been named to YouTube’s Emerging Artist and Artist in Residence 2018 programs, and Pandora named her an Artist to Watch 2018.
This February, she released her cover of the 60s classic, The Letter made famous by The Box Tops. Her current tour that brings her to Oxford includes dates with Kelly Clarkson and Jason Isbell.
Following her Thacker appearance, Rose and her band will perform a full show at Proud Larry’s at 9 pm.
Spencer Thomas is a singer/songwriter from Jackson, MS. Following the line of influences by such artists as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Jackson Browne, he strives for the same main purpose: “the song.” Thomas’ first solo record entitled Hangin’ Tough will be released by Dial Back Sound on May 10th. Thomas also is known as the drummer for the twang-rock band, Young Valley.
Louise Page is a singer/songwriter based in Memphis. Her vocals, intricate lyrics, and piano prowess create a genre-bending musical experience. Her releases include the EPs, Salt Mosaic and her latest, Simple Sugar which she followed up with a tour of the East Coast. She is currently at work on her first full-length album.