Devault-Graves Agency co-publisher Tom Graves and Memphis author and filmmaker Robert Gordon made an appearance on WREG-TV's "Live at 9" program on Aug. 10 to talk about the launch of Buckley vs. Vidal: The Historic 1968 ABC News Debates.
Gordon is co-director of the new "Best of Enemies" documentary about the debates. He also penned the introduction to our Buckley vs. Vidal book.
Watch the video.
That evening, Graves and Gordon re-enacted a scene from the penultimate debate between Buckley and Vidal and signed books before an enthusiastic crowd at The Booksellers of Laurelwood in East Memphis.
Our friends at the South Main Book Juggler are now selling the "Graceland Too Revisited" photo book by Darrin Devault and Tom Graves.
The store is located a couple of doors down from the legendary Arcade restaurant in downtown Memphis. Drop by and ask Jean to show you around.
Darrin and Tom are scheduled for a book signing at the store on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, during the monthly South Main Art Tour (6-9 p.m.).
Memphis-based independent publisher The Devault-Graves Agency filed a lawsuit against the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust in a Tennessee court on March 16, claiming that the estate has, without legal basis, thwarted the press's attempts to publish and distribute international editions of its collection of early Salinger short stories, Three Early Stories.
Read the entire article in Publisher's Weekly.
Contents from the Graceland Too roadside attraction in Holly Springs, Miss., were auctioned on Jan. 31, 2015. The pink limo sold to a local buyer for $4,000.
An anonymous Internet bidder from Georgia bought the entire contents of the house for $54,500, according to Spur K Auctions, which handled the sale.
Book publishers and photographers Tom Graves (left) and Darrin Devault visited Holly Springs on auction day to sign copies of their new photography book, Graceland Too Revisited. They especially thank Annie Moffitt of Annie's Home Cooking for her warm hospitality.
Tom Graves (left) and Darrin Devault discussed their new photography book, Graceland Too Revisited, and signed copies at legendary Square Books in Oxford, Miss., on Jan. 31, 2015.
Graceland Too, including its Elvis-obsessed owner, was a collective and organic piece of Deep South folk art.
Paul B. MacLeod was the eccentric dreamer who kept his Elvis attraction open to the public round-the-clock and year-round from 1990 until his sudden death in 2014.
The location of these unforgettable curiosities was 200 E. Gholson Avenue in Holly Springs, Miss.
Memphis publishers and photographers Darrin Devault and Tom Graves have captured a series of images from the infamous roadside attraction in a new photography book titled “Graceland Too Revisited,” due out Jan. 29, 2015.
“Looking back, it’s difficult to determine whether the main attraction was the hot-wired Paul or the two-story antebellum home he crammed floor-to-ceiling with Elvis memorabilia,” Devault writes in the book’s introduction.
Some of the items Devault and Graves photographed were rare (early Sun and RCA vinyl records), some made in China (velvet paintings and assorted bric-a-brac), and some handmade (an over-the-top “Jailhouse Rock” inspired electric chair).
“Graceland Too Revisited” (74 pages), which retails for $24.99, was published by Devault-Graves Digital Editions.
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“The electric chair prop in the backyard was reportedly the last stop on the $5 tour,” Devault said. “By this time visitors were usually all shook up by what they’d seen and heard inside.”
“The critic Greil Marcus has bemoaned the loss of what he called ‘the old weird America,’” Graves said of the project. “Paul MacLeod and Graceland Too were one of the great roadside attractions, and for the price of five dollars you were taken into Paul’s world, a world dominated by Elvis Presley. From a visitor’s point of view the arrangement of all the Elvis items may have seemed chaotic. But in Paul’s world, in Paul’s logic, it made perfect sense. In our book we try to help it make sense to everyone.”
Every book offered by the Devault-Graves Agency is carefully selected by partners Tom Graves and myself.
We're currently putting the final touches on Black Man in the White House, a diary-style account by E. Frederic Morrow detailing his work in the Eisenhower Administration.
Long before Barack Obama became the first African American president, Morrow was the first African American to serve in an executive position in the White House. Morrow served as administrative officer for special projects from 1955-61 and published his book two years later.
We believe Morrow's career inside the White House deserves another look, a feeling that is shared by Les Smith, a 40-year television news veteran who wrote an insightful afterword for the ebook version.
"Morrow's reflections seem as fresh as the day he jotted them down," Smith writes. "His disappointments, the snubs of those who were supposed to be his peers, the moral victories he felt he accomplished, translate into a picture of a proud man who truly believed logic and reason would eventually overcome the politics of racism and intolerance, even as he appeared to be a constant victim of both."
Black Man in the White House is set for release in ebook format in time for Black History Month.
~ Darrin M. Devault
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