Sep 012014
 

The Last Bizarre Take - Latest novel by David Madden

Available now at Amazon

Listen to David Madden read A Secondary Character from The Last Bizarre Tale.

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THE LAST BIZARRE TALE: STORIES

A DEMON IN MY VIEW
THE SINGER
SECOND LOOK
A SECONDARY CHARACTER
SEVEN FROZEN STARLINGS
A WALK WITH THOMAS JEFFERSON AT POPLAR FOREST
JAMES AGEE NEVER LIVED IN THIS HOUSE
A PIECE OF THE SKY
LIGHTS
THE MASTER’S THESIS
THE INVISIBLE GIRL
THE LAST BIZARRE TALE
A HUMAN INTEREST DEATH
SHE ALWAYS HAD A WILL OF HER OWN
BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION
WHO KILLED HARPO MARX?
HURRY UP, PLEASE, IT’S TIME
WANTED: GHOST WRITER
A HUMAN INTEREST DEATH
LYING IN WAIT
THE HEADLESS GIRL’S MOTHEROVER THE CLIFF
THE RETREIVER

 

 

 Posted by at 9:18 am
Sep 012014
 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – David Madden will return to Knoxville to speak about his most recent book-length publication, a collection of stories titled “The Last Bizarre Tale,” at the September program of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.

The event, which will be open to the public, begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:23 am
Feb 092014
 

SilentWeStoodSilent We Stood

by Henry Chappell

A Novel of the Underground Railroad in Texas

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Winter 2014
ISBN: 9780896728325

Henry Chappell, author of Blood Kin and The Callings, fresh uses of the Western genre, has based Silent We Stood on actual events, which he describes in a preface. On Sunday, July 8, 1860, twenty-five establishments around the town square in Dallas burned. The fire was later determined to have started in the kindling box of a drug store, but suspicion that some whites among the 775 citizens were conducting an underground railroad and long-festering fear of an insurrection among the 1700 slaves in the county put the blame on three, and they were hanged. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 11:32 am
Jan 312014
 

Southern Festival of Books Panel Discussion (video)

Panel members discussed the daily lives of Civil War soldiers. Mr. Rosen talked about his book The Jewish Confederates, published by University of South Carolina Press. Mr. Groce talked about his book Mountain Rebels: East Tennessee Confederates and the Civil War, 1860-1870, published by University of Tennessee Press. David Madden talked about the book he edited Beyond the Battlefield: The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Times of the Civil War Soldier, published by Touchstone Books. After their remarks the panel answered questions from audience members.

 Posted by at 8:09 am
May 072013
 

Opinion Piece- The Asheville Citizen-Times

Published: May 6, 2013

Community and technical colleges are becoming more and more numerous, and the quality of their facilities, teachers and students is increasing. They provide the kind of education and skill training that enables younger and older women and men to apply for a great variety of practical and much needed jobs.

A liberal arts education, on undergraduate and graduate levels, enables students to secure jobs in all fields, from engineering, computer science and medicine to creative writing, drama and the various other arts. Leaders in all fields favor employing people who have had a liberal arts education at some level.

Recent funding cuts, proposed cuts and negative comments from legislative and other elected leaders affecting the liberal arts move me to make a few observations. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 6:46 pm
May 052013
 

Why We Read Novels, Letter to the Editor, New York Times

Published: May 2, 2013

To the Editor:

The headline on Nathaniel Rich’s essay “Writing the End” (April 21) asks, “Should novelists try harder to confront long-term environmental crises?” As the author of 12 novels since 1961 and another in progress, I answer no.

Rich’s final paragraph offers a litany of reasons we read novels. They hold “a mirror to our secret desires and fears,” they allow us “to confront our long-term crises,” and they help us “to understand how the vast, complex problems of our time connect with our private inner lives.”

Then Rich burdens fellow novelists with the obligation “to pose the intimate questions” concerning the many ways the bad news about man’s future affects us. As a writer and teacher of writing for 60 years, I cannot recall ever hearing a writer or reader testify to the value of a novel as deriving from such utilitarian purposes as Rich claims. Great novels create pure experiences that affect our emotions, imaginations and intellect in ways that are mostly mysterious.

DAVID MADDEN
Black Mountain, N.C.

 Posted by at 8:09 pm
Mar 242013
 

For over two thousand years, London Bridge evolved through many fragile wooden forms until it became the first bridge built of stone since the leaving of the Roman invaders. In David Madden’s tenth novel, London Bridge is as much a living, breathing character as its architect Father Peter de Colechurch, who began work on it in 1176, partly to honor Archbishop Thomas a Becket, murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. Twenty-five years in the making, that version was a wonder of the world until it was dismantled in 1832. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 7:47 am