Tom Graves is the author of the hardboiled sports novel Pullers, which was praised by a diverse group of writers such as Harry Crews, Charles Gaines, Robert Campbell, critic Dave Marsh, and nonfiction writer Ben Hamper. It was also well-reviewed in The Washington Post Book World, The Commercial Appeal, and The Memphis Flyer among other publications.
Graves is also the author of the biography Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson, which won the 2010 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Literature. The book was praised in a number of music and other publications and was translated and published in Japanese.
The author was the editor of the critically-acclaimed magazine, Rock & Roll Disc, and has contributed articles, essays, and reviews to numerous publications such as The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Rolling Stone, Musician, American History, The Oxford American, and The New Leader. His work has also been anthologized in The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing and Getting Naked With Harry Crews.
In addition to his writing, Tom Graves is a professor of English and Humanities, is currently working on a documentary film, and is a photographer. He makes his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Professor Graves will be speaking on two topics: Part I: The Great Debates: The 1968 Clash Between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal and Part II: Mythmaking and the Legend of Bluesman Robert Johnson....