Cool Music Festival of the Book

Saturday, March 21 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Authors Jack Carneal and Grace Elizabeth Hale share stories from their first-hand experiences in the music industry.

Authors Jack Carneal (Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives) and Grace Elizabeth Hale (Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture) share their stories about being in the room where it happened: Carneal in the backing band to Will Oldham for years of international touring, and Hale in the college town where the B-52s, R.E.M., and others launched their careers. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event will be free to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Carneal’s book is…about friendship, adventure, love, passion, and the frustrations of a creative life, be it with Oldham/Palace, The Anomoanon, or life as a stranger in a strange land.” —The Recoup Mag

“An absolutely brilliant account of an essential American scene—one that helped define what was hip and cool in the 1980s. Hale’s story of Athens and why it matters is smart, probing, revealing, moving, fun, propulsive, and engaging.” —Bryant Simon, author of The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives

This event is part of the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.