It just makes sense that a group of Nashville-area authors should be involved in A Taste of Bellevue, a community event to benefit the 25,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Bellevue Library that is scheduled to open in January.
Five local authors, including a pair of mystery/thriller writers who live in Bellevue, will have books available at the Sept. 27 event, scheduled from 3-7 p.m. at Red Caboose Park.
“Bellevue has long deserved a modern library, and I plan to be there on opening day,” said Wood, a retired sports writer and copy editor at The Tennessean whose debut novel is Vendetta Stone, a fictional true-crime thriller with Nashville as the backdrop. “Writers need readers, and readers need easy access to books. It’s a symbiotic relationship. A Taste of Bellevue is a great event that gives attendees a chance to sample the community’s best restaurants. As an author, my goal is to nourish the imagination, and our books will be a lot more filling.”
Chester Campbell, a former Nashville Banner reporter who has been writing mysteries and thrillers the past 25 years, recently moved to Bellevue.
“As a new Bellevue resident, I’m looking forward to meeting some of my neighbors at Caboose Park,” said Campbell, who will bring books from his five Greg McKenzie mysteries including A Sporting Murder, plus two Sid Chance PI novels and three Post Cold War political thrillers. “It’s great to have a chance to support the new library.”
Iscah, the author of Seventh Night, used to work in the library system and says the new Bellevue Library will be a gathering place.
“I’ve always loved books, but having worked at two different libraries over ten years, I know a library is so much more than books,” Iscah said. “It’s community, a place to learn and connect and find peace.”
Roy L. Burkhead is the editor and publisher of 2nd & Church, a Nashville literary magazine that celebrates poets, writers, and readers.
“I adore libraries, and I’m excited to be a part of Taste of Bellevue. I am confident that when the new library opens after the first of the year, it will be an appreciated gathering place in the community for those who love and support the written word,” said Burkhead, whose work has appeared in numerous publications.
“Also, I’m happy to be at this event because next year welcomes our first-ever Southern Food issue. We are thrilled to announce that James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock will be the cover story/In Depth interview for this issue. It will be a double-issue, packed with cookbook recipes, many explorations of writing involving Southern Food, and a whole lot more.”
Tim Ghianni, a longtime newspaper columnist and editor who is now an adjunct journalism teacher at Lipscomb University, says the new Bellevue Library will serve a community mission.
“I’ve spent my life as a writer; so reading, and libraries, like the new one coming to Bellevue, are dear to my heart,” said Ghianni, a nationally honored columnist and editor at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville who also spent one decade at the Nashville Banner and another at The Tennessean.
Ghianni will bring three books to Bellevue, his most recent being Monkeys Don’t Wear Silver Suits: Kelly’s Little Green Men & the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.
Tickets to A Taste of Bellevue are $18 adults, $8 children 5-12 and $40 for a family of five (limit two adults). Go to https://atasteofbellevue.com/tickets