Join us Thursday, Oct. 12th at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655) for a special edition of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour in conjunction with the Sarah Isom Center. FREE Admission.
Guests: Science fiction novelist Charlie Jane Anders, blues historian Adam Gussow, and African desert blues band, Songhoy Blues.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
This show is made possible, in part, by Sarahfest, Sarah Isom’s Center’s month long celebration including live music, films, photography, readings and panel discussions. For a full schedule of events, please visit:
Before writing fiction full-time, Charlie Jane Anders was the longtime editor of the popular science fiction and fantasy site, io9.com. Her most recent novel, All the Birds in the Sky (Tor Books) won the 2016 Nebula Award, given each year by members of the Science Fiction Writers of America to honor the best works in science fiction and fantasy. The novel tells the story of a complicated, decades-long relationship between a witch and a scientific genius, set against the backdrop of escalating climate change. The book was selected to many “Best Books of the Year” lists including by Time, The Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus Review and Goodreads.
Adam Gussow is the author of Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition (Univ. of North Carolina Press). Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow reveals the varied and fascinating ways the devil is evoked in blues music. Gussow is an associate professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and author of Mister Satan’s Apprentice: A Blues Memoir.
Songhoy Blues is a desert blues band from Timbuktu, Mali. The group was formed in Bamako after they were forced to leave their homes in 2012 during the civil conflict and the imposition of Sharia law. They released their debut CD, Music in Exile in 2015. Their new album, Résistance (Fat Possum) builds on the band’s musical vocabulary, incorporating elements of soul, R&B and hip-hop. Following their Thacker appearance, Songhoy Blues will play a full show at Proud Larry’s at 10 pm.