Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Authors Peter Heller (“The River) and Erin McGraw (“Joy – And 52 Other Very Short Stories”) with musical guests Anna Grace Beatty and a special appearance by the Forest Fire Gospel Choir
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Peter Heller is the author of the novel, The River (Knopf), a masterful tale of wilderness survival in the vein of Into the Wild and The Call of the Wild. It is the story of two college friends on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence.
Heller’s previous books include Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars. The Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award. The Dog Stars was a national bestseller and has been published in twenty-two languages.
Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature.
Heller holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in Denver, Colorado.
Erin McGraw is the author of the story collection, Joy and 52 Other Very Short Stories (Counterpoint). In these very short stories, narrators step out of themselves to explain their lives to us. Voices include those of the impulsive first-time murderer, the depressed pet sitter, the assistant of Patsy Cline, the anxiety-riddled new mother, the aged rock-and-roller, and the girlfriend of your husband.
Crossing time, states, class, and religions, McGraw’s stories are on the edge, causing you to wince even as you laugh.
Erin McGraw, born and raised in Southern California, now lives in rural Tennessee with her husband, poet Andrew Hudgins, and her dogs. She has written six previous books–three novels and three collections of stories–along with essays and occasional journalism.
Anna Grace Beatty is a singer-songwriter from Birmingham, AL. Her debut release is the 5-song EP, Burns You Up. She is currently working on a follow-up release. Beatty is on a tour of the Southeast that will take her to Memphis, Chattanooga, Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge as well as a March 25 date at the Blue Canoe in Tupelo.
Forest Fire Gospel Choir is a five-piece rock band based in Nashville. Their first EP, released in 2015 fused southern rock with soulful pop that draws influence from the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Joe Cocker, and Alabama Shakes. Their latest single, “Good Time” has just been released. A previous single, “Oh, Eleanor” just notched 100,000 streams.