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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Words & Music Interview With Ted Turner
22 Nov 2008 6:00 pm
22 Nov 2008 8:00 pm

The much loved southernn humorist Roy Blount, Jr—author of 20 books, including his new one, Alphabet Juice, a delicious cocktail about words, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on every subject imaginable—will interview the legendary creator of CNN, Ted Tuner, on subjects ranging from the American Dream to global warming and nuclear disarmament. The media mogul, sportsman,philanthropist, and environmental warrior loves all creatures large and small and wants to save them all. His new mission? To enlist the rich and powerful and the ordinary people of the world in the battle to save the planet. The man is the stuff of the American Dream. He's done it all. He globalized television news coverage, revolutionized the way we watch it, and built a media empire, starting from scratch with guts and good ideas as his assets. He started a restaurant chain based on the buffalo, Ted's Montana Grill, and eats many of his meals at the grill in the Turner Building in Atlanta. He's enjoyed adventure on the high seas as Captain of the sailing yacht Courageous, which captured the America's Cup. He turned a losing team into a winning baseball club, the Atlanta Braves, who achieved World Series fame under his leadership, and he put Atlanta on the national baseketball map as well with the Hawks. He captures the hearts and minds of many with his boyish good looks, unpretentious ways, homespun humor, and his love of singing old familiar songs, especially My Old Kentucky Home. He's a dedicated family man with five children and many grandchildren. And, now that he's done it all, he's telling all in his new memoir, Call Me Ted, a November 2008 release from Grand Central. He will be introduced by successful novelist and playwright Elizabeth Dewberry, whose most recent novel is His Lovely Wife. Ms. Dewberry assisted in the editing of the Turner memoir. Following the interview, there will be a question and answer session, first, and then Ted Turner will sign copies of his memoir. Roy Blount also will sign his new book.To purchase books in advance, call 504-524-2940. Books purchased this way will benefit the Faulkner Society and its projects. Books may also be purchased at the festival book mart.

Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St.
New Orleans