Enjoy Fancy Drinks, Support Reading, and Win Tickets to Literatini (Giveaway Ended)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 11th 2014 117 12

Get lucky this Friday the 13th by winning tickets to Literacy Mid-South's annual Literatini. 

***Congrats to Sarah McCormick and Whitney Williams for winning the ticket drawing. Thanks to everyone to commented. If you didn't win you can still buy tickets here. ***

Head to Booksellers at Laurelwood and sample martinis from several local restaurants, enjoy some tasty bites, bid on auction items, and shop (20 percent of sales benefit Literacy Mid-South). There will be live music and the typewriter poet guy will make an appearance.

Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple, but I'm giving away two pairs for free. To win, just leave a comment on this post telling me the best book you've read lately. You get entered in the drawing twice if it's a book about Memphis or by a Memphis author. (Giveaway ended)

I'll do a drawing at the end of the day today, when I return from a quick road trip I'm taking (and I'll tell you about that, too). Also, Lyft is giving free rides to Literatini. Go to the event's Facebook page for details. 

Go there:

Friday, June 13 

The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Extended Memphis, TN 38117

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Danesha says:

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  2. Tara Mulroy says:

    Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo. Memphis author!

  3. JR Kamra says:

    "The Lincon Myth" by Steve Berry & "The Target" by David Baldacci

  4. Michele Walker says:

    "Life is So Good" by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman is at the top of my list for this year so far. Ironically, it was a Literacy Mid-South recommended reading suggestion during March's Read Across America. Inspiring story about 103-year-old George Dawson, a slave's grandson who learned to read at age 98. 

  5. Tamara says:

    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

  6. stacy says:

    Ok, you have to pick me for this one.  I am a voracias reader and have acutally been spending some time reading some classics and just recently happened to read The Reivers: A Reminiscence by William Faulkner.  One of his comedy writings.  It is a great read.



  7. Carrie Huggins says:

    Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides. An incredible narrative history writer, he just pulls you right into history and makes you love it! He's from Memphis but lives in Santa Fe now.

  8. Rebecca Pittman says:

    The Firm!

  9. Peggy Cousar says:

    Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

  10. Mr. Woller says:

    I'm reading The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis.  It's a great alternate history/ light sci-fi kinda thing.  It's the second book in the Milkweed Trilogy and it is just darn good.

  11. Kathy Fisher says:

    I just finished "The Accidental Millionaire," by Gary Fong. It points out that the way to profit is not to invent some groundbreaking new thing, it's by looking at something that's already there and improving on it.


  12. Fred Bromm says:

    100 Things To Do In Memphis Before You Die by Samantha Crespo. An easy and informative read that has a lot to offer for tourists and locals alike!

  13. Neil S. says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  

  14. Joyce A Smith says:

    “The Fault in Our Stars”, “Insurgence”, “Grain Brain”. I particularly enjoyed a realistic, heartwarming story. I love my action but was thoroughly immersed with “The Fault in Our Stars”.

  15. Katie Walsh says:

    Just finished the Firm by John Grisham, AGAIN.  I think that makes 6 or 7 times now?

  16. David DeVita says:

    I recently read Luigi Pirandello's The Late Mattia Pascal, which I strongly encourage. It is a wonderful satirical work on relationships and the difference between real life, and life as a stage.

  17. nicole says:

    No contest – the best book I've read, hands down, is A Fraction of the Whole. It's about a father and son relationship in Australia and was the most absurd and hilarious thing I've read in years. The author is like the new John Iriving. Irving is my dad's favorite author so I recommended the book to him and he adored it. My dad is in town for a week from New York and he's the person who inspired my love of books – I'd love to take him to this!!

  18. Claire says:

    Do More Faster!!

  19. Susanne says:

    The best book I've read recently was Changes by Jim Butcher. Yay wizards and explosions!

  20. Sarah McCormick says:

    I just finished "Hellhound on his Trail" by Hampton Sides. (Ps I should automatically win with a book about Memphis by a Memphis author. I really did read it though, three times :)

  21. lisa mcfarland says:

    the fault in our stars

  22. Meg says:

    I just read The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby and loved it. It's one of the more interesting nonfiction books I've read. The book details the yellow fever epidemic in the South and the devestating effects it had on the city of Memphis.

  23. Tony Bath says:

    I recently read the book Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver which is a novel about the effects of global warming on a small family farm. The novel was not set in Memphis, but in eastern Tennessee.

  24. Rachel Bee says:

    Bark by Lorrie Moore (highly recommend)

  25. Julie Haley says:

    I am reading Ben Carson's new book – One Nation. It is more political than I prefer but still a good read.

  26. stacy says:

    Pick me pick me.  I just read William Faulkner The Reivers: A Reminiscence.

  27. Jess says:

    Against the Grain by Bill Courtney (Memphis author)

  28. Is it weird that I am reading Samanth Crespo's 100 Things To Do in Memphis Before You Die from cover to cover? It's always interesting to learn about things to do in my city that I didn't even know existed.

  29. Melanie Jackson-Hicks says:

    The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis (set in Memphis)!

  30. James says:

    Fresh of the Boat by Eddie Huang & The Science of God by Gerald Schoerder

  31. Caywood Coleman says:

    Orange is the new black

  32. Melody Bailey says:

    The best book I’ve read recently was Love Does by Bob Goff. This book was so empowering and inspirational and helped me believe and dream BIG dreams for me and my family.

  33. Quaneshia says:

    The best book I've read lately is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso! It's an awesome read and encourages women to be self-confident in all they/we do. I loved it! 

  34. Daw McKinney says:

    I just read  The Tilted World, a story about right here, Memphis and Mississippi during the Prohibition. Great read.

  35. Scarlett Hester says:

    The best book I just finished was "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown. Seriously life changing in so many ways. I highly recommend it. 

  36. Kate says:

    Just finished The Fault in our Stars

  37. Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides and If You Have To Cry Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone. Ha. 

  38. Shelton Russell says:

    The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Highly recommended. 

  39. Angie Morton says:

    Just finished The Reivers by Faulkner…half the book takes place in Memphis. It's really funny. Faulkner is not always funny- so that was unexpected. Love to read books that take place in my city!! And I love martinis and. Free night out without my kids!!

  40. Darryl Wilson says:


    The Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master by Ming-dao Deng. Its amazing and you can apply it to your everyday life…for the rest of your life!

  41. I am almost finished with And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and am loving it. Between reading that and watching The Fault in Our Stars yesterday, it's a wonder I have any tears left in my body!

  42. Justin Rickert says:

    American Sniper by Chris Kyle

  43. April Scott says:

    I just read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks about a woman from Memphis.

  44. Katie Harris says:

    The Irrational Season by Madeleine L'Engle!!! Such a great book!! Would love to attend this cool event!

  45. Whitney Williams says:

    Picked up a book for the beach: The Next Big Thing by Johanna Edwards(Memphis author) and The hit by David Balducci

  46. Jon Tobin says:

    I read The Fault In Our Stars over Christmas break and then read it again in April and May with my 9th grade students. They loved it and it was so much fun.

  47. Lauren Miller says:

    Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

  48. Krystal Singleton says:

    Best book I read lately was Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

  49. Mike Watson says:

    Just finished The Target by David Baldacci

  50. Sonya Shen says:

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain.  Great read that is relevant to both Introverts and Extroverts.  I'm also in the middle of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn…would be reading it now if I wasn't at work!

  51. Caitlin says:

    This event sounds really fun! My boyfriend and I would love to attend. I just finished reading “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three” I have had the book for a while, but just found the time to read it earlier this month!

  52. Crystal Walker says:

    The Fault in our Stars by John Green 


    *Fingers Crossed* 

  53. Harvey Kay says:

    I just read Pascal: The Life of Genius by Morris Bishop. Very stimulating.

  54. Hannah S says:

    Gone girl!!! It was a fabulous book!!!

  55. Melissa Chastang says:

    The Bone People by Keri Hulme

  56. "The Stranger" by Albert Camus!

  57. Susan Parker says:

    John Gottman's What Makes Love Last


    A very good book. Worth reading regardless of what shape your primary relationship or marriage is in. I strongly recommend it for anyone in a relationship. 

  58. Emily Taylor says:

    Love lists of recommended reading! Thanks! I'll contribute as well. Currently reading The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. Just bought Unbroken ( Laura Hillenbrand) and Hellhound on His Trail (Hampton Sides) for my dad for Fatgers Day. Recommend all of them!!

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