Tuesday, August 29, 2017
A Fifth Tuesday Event
This event will feature readings by Deborah Levine, Finn Bille, Ray Zimmerman and possibly a surprise guest reader.
Award-winning author Deborah J. Levine launches her historical memoir, The Liberator’s Daughter. Rising from their Eastern European Jewish immigrant roots, her family of Swigs, Levines, and Malloys left a legacy of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Estelle and Aaron Levine met as students at Harvard University, fell in love and married during World War II. As a US military intelligence officer, Aaron was deployed to France and Germany. He witnessed the death camps and interrogated Nazi prisoners of war. His letters to Estelle expressed the horrors of the Holocaust while her love letters kept him going. Both were dedicated to Jewish advocacy and education for the rest of their lives. Aaron and Estelle inspired their daughter to dedicate her life to the Jewish community, Holocaust projects, interfaith collaboration, and cross-cultural understanding.
Finn Bille is a poet and storyteller, and writer of stories and articles.
His poetry collections are Waking Dream, 1986; Rites of the Earth, 1994, and Fire Poems, 2011. His poems have appeared in several local anthologies, as well as Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets.
His CD, Marzipan: Stories with Music with Rick Davis on the hammered ducimer, contains Finn's performance of his original stories.
His articles have appeared in local publications, including The Pulse, and in the national Storytelling magazine.
Finn lives with his wife Jeanne in North Chattanooga, rides his bicycle around the city, and paddles his sea kayak on the Tennessee River.
Ray Zimmerman has spent a lifetime observing, photographing and writing about the natural world. His nonfiction and Poetry have appeared in The Hellbender Press (Knoxville), 2nd and Church (Nashville), Photo Traveler (Los Angeles), Legacy: The Journal of Interpretation (Fort Collins), The Avocet (Fountain Hills, AZ), and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press). He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he works in tourism and spends as much time writing and reading as possible.