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A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Ravening on Ahead

In his debut collection, Noah Warren accepts human limitations

In The Destroyer in the Glass, poet Noah Warren calmly considers the great mysteries of life and death. He will read at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on November 1 at 7 p.m. The event, part of the Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series, is free and open to the public.

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All Corners of the World

In a new picture book, Kate DePalma and Tessa Strickland celebrate the cultures of children

the-barefoot-book-of-children_fc_rgb_72dpiHow do children around the world live? It’s more than a little bit daunting to tackle that question in a picture book for children, but that’s precisely what Kate DePalma and Tessa Strickland do, and with success, in The Barefoot Book of Children.

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2016 Southern Festival of Books

It was a perfect weekend in October for readers and writers

Whether you missed the festival, or just want a chance to remember the fun, here’s a quick look back at the 28th annual Southern Festival of Books

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Telling the Whole Story

In work and life, Dorothy Allison defies narrow categories

bastardoutofcarolinaWhether she’s writing about her tough, spirited characters or her own difficult life, Dorothy Allison seems determined to defy all narrow categories, seeking instead to express the full complexity of human experience. Allison, who serves as the 2016 Acuff Chair at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University, will speak on October 27 at 8 p.m. in Clement Auditorium on the APSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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“Turnips on the Table”

Rita Sims Quillen is the author of three poetry collections—The Mad Farmer’s Wife, Counting the Sums, and Her Secret Dream—as well as a novel, Hiding Ezra, and a book of essays, Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry. Quillen will read from The Mad Farmer’s Wife at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on October 23 at 2 p.m.

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How Rock-n-Roll Became White

Jack Hamilton explores the way race distorted the iconic music of the 1960s

hamilton_just-around-midnightIn Just Around Midnight, Jack Hamilton describes how great artists such as Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, and the Rolling Stones crossed the race line in their music, even as the culture was separating “rock” and “soul” into separate genres. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis will host a conversation and book signing with Hamilton on October 27 at 7 p.m.

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