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10/22 - "Road Sides" by Emily Wallace

Join us for a reading Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00pm with freelance writer and illustrator Emily Wallace for her new book Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South.

About the Book

An illustrated glovebox essential, Road Sides explores the fundamentals of a well-fed road trip through the American South, from A to Z. There are detours and destinations, accompanied by detailed histories and more than one hundred original illustrations that document how we get where we’re going and what to eat and do along the way.

Learn the backstory of food-shaped buildings, including the folks behind Hills of Snow, a giant snow cone stand in Smithfield, North Carolina, that resembles the icy treats it sells. Find out how kudzu was used to support a burgeoning highway system, and get to know Edith Edwards—the self-proclaimed Kudzu Queen—who turns the obnoxious vine into delicious teas and jellies. Discover the roots of kitschy roadside attractions, and have lunch with the state-employed mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida.

Road Sides is for everyone—the driver in search of supper or superlatives (the biggest, best, and even worst), the person who cannot resist a local plaque or snack and pulls over for every historical marker and road stand, and the kid who just wants to gawk at a peach-shaped water tower.

About the Author

Born and raised in North Carolina, Wallace serves as art director & deputy editor of Southern Cultures quarterly at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has written and illustrated work for other publications including The Washington Post, Southern Living, The Oxford American, and GOOD. In 2015, Wallace was nominated for a James Beard Award in humor writing for her written/illustrated essay "Ham to Ham Combat: The Tale of Two Smithfields." She lives in Durham, NC.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
Address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Books: 
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Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781477316566
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Texas Press - October 2019