Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, March 28 at 6 pm at The Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission. This show is in celebration of the 26th Annual Oxford Conference for the Book!
For more information on the Book Conference: https://oxfordconferenceforthebook.com/
Guests: Authors Leanne Shapton (“Guestbook: Ghost Stories”) and Ken Wells (“The Gumbo Life”) and musical guest, The Soul Tones
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Ken Wells is the author of the cookbook/memoir The Gumbo Life (Norton). Wells recounts visits with octogenarian chefs who turn the lowly coot into gourmet gumbo; joins a team at a highly competitive gumbo contest; visits a factory that churns out gumbo by the ton; observes the gumbo-making rituals of an iconic New Orleans restaurant where high-end Creole cooking and Cajun cuisine first merged, setting off a culinary explosion. He also explains how gumbo got to China and how it became beloved of a pope, presidents and even Sumo wrestlers.
The book includes ten unique recipes.
Wells is the author of the novels Meely LaBauve, Junior’s Leg, Logan’s Storm and Crawfish Mountain, and a young-adult book, Rascal, a Dog and His Boy. His non-fiction books include Travels with Barley: The Quest for the Perfect Beer Joint, a travelogue through the nation’s $75 billion beer industry, and The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
He splits his time between Chicago and his summer lakeside cabin in Maine.
Leanne Shapton is the author/illustrator of Guest Book: Ghost Stories (Riverhead Books) a collection of more than two dozen stories and vignettes accompanied by a curiosity cabinet of artifacts and images: found photographs, original paintings, and Instagram-style portraits. The stories are not straightforward horror but rather about what haunts us today, the passage of time, loss and loneliness, and the destabilizing nature of being an observer of one’s own life.
Shapton’s previous books include Swimming Studies (winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography), Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, and a coauthor of the New York Times-bestselling Women in Clothes. She is also the cofounder of J&L Books, a nonprofit publisher of art and photography books. Shapton lives in New York City.
The Soul Tones are considered one of Oxford’s premier party bands, with decades of combined musical experience. The band puts their distinctive stamp on classic and contemporary tunes from New Orleans jazz, Memphis soul, Nashville country, St. Louis rhythm & blues to Muscle Shoals rock-n-roll. The band is anchored by drummer Ricky Burkhead (from our house band, the Yalobushwhackers) and longtime Thacker collaborators, vocalists Damein Wash and Effie Burt.