THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR: Heather Cass White for Books Promiscuously Read

Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 6:00pm

Fall Season Premiere 2021

Kicking off our new season - Live - in person - at the Oxford Old Armory Pavilion

Health protocols will be in place including spaced seating and masks when needed. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. Bring family and friends and join us!

We’re asking our audience to please space their seating and keep the health of everyone in mind.


Heather Cass White is the author of Books Promiscuously Read (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a book about the pleasures of reading and its power in shaping our internal lives.

Through three sections—Play, Transgression, and Insight—which focus on three ways of thinking about reading, Books Promiscuously Read moves among and considers many poems, novels, stories, and works of nonfiction.

“This is a book that tells you that your guilty pleasure is actually not guilty.” —Tess Taylor, NPR


Mark “Muleman” Massey is originally from Clarksdale, MS. Massey credits a stint in Mississippi’s Parchman penitentiary for turning his life to music. His albums inlcude Mississippi Lockdown and One Step Ahead of the Blues. For his Thacker appearance, Massey will be accompanied by former Amazing Rhythm Aces keyboardist, Billy Earheart.


Afrissippi’s debut album, Fulani Journey, tells the story of Guelel Kumba, a singer-songwriter from the delta of Senegal, West Africa. Kumba moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 2002 after years spent studying sociology in Paris, France. He was awakened to the vibrant Western African music scene in Paris, studied and transcribed traditional Fulani music, and began to interact with popular Senegalese musicians like Salif Keita and Baaba Maal.

In Oxford, he jammed with Eric Deaton, a young apprentice to the late Junior Kimbrough. The two discovered the similarities between the hill country blues of North Mississippi and Kumba’s nomadic melodies from the Senegalese savannas, and Afrissippi was born. The group’s second album is Alliance.

Deaton can be heard – along with Kenny Brown – on Delta Kream, the latest release from the Black Keys.

Afrissippi’s drummer, Kinney Kimbrough, son of the late north Mississippi blues legend, Junior Kimbrough, brings Afrissippi’s other-worldly grooves full circle.


Air times:
Thursday, Sept. 9 – 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi
Saturday, Sept 18 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio
3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Thursdays 6 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi
Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

Event address: 

Old Armory Pavilion
Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374115265
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 6th, 2021