Please join us as we welcome Lydia Peelle and Ketch Secor to Carmichael’s for a Midnight Cool Revue. This event will be a joint reading and musical review featuring a reading of "The Midnight Cool" by Lydia Peelle and live music performed on guitjo and harmonica by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, along with a short slide show and music from an antique Edison cylinder machine.
Lydia Peelle is the author of the short story collection Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice book and received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. A recipient of a Whiting Award, a National Book Foundation '”5 under 35” honoree, and a recipient of the Anahid Literary Award for Armenian-American Writers, Peelle is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Virginia and has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Ucross Foundation. She lives in Tennessee.
Ketch Secor is a founding member of the two-time Grammy Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show. His musical story traces back to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he grew up exploring the region's deep heritage of southern roots music. He has penned dozens of original songs in this tradition, including the Platinum selling "Wagon Wheel.” Together with Old Crow Medicine Show he has spent the past 17 years performing on street corners and stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Hollywood Bowl, across America and around the world.
The Whiting Award—winning author of the story collection Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing delivers her enchanting debut novel, set in 1916 Tennessee: a rich and rewarding tale of two flawed yet endearing grifters who pursue women, wealth, and a surprisingly valuable commodity for the troops in Europe—mules.
"Lydia Peelle has given us a collection of stories so artfully constructed and deeply imagined they read like classics. It marks the beginning of what will surely be a long and beautiful career." —Ann Patchett