Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Like A Kid Who Doesn’t Quite Belong

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance still loves the Appalachia he left behind

HillbillyElegy Final JacketJ.D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, is more than the story of Vance’s still-young life: it is also a sharp, compelling analysis of anomie and social breakdown in modern America. Vance will discuss Hillbilly Elegy at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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Making Meta

Mac Barnett and Adam Rex Discuss How This Book Was Made

How This Book Was Made-Cover ArtAuthor Mac Barnett and illustrator Adam Rex join forces again in their newest picture book, an offbeat adventure about how books are made. They will both visit Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 5, 2016, to read to children and their parents.

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Falling from Great Heights

In her debut novel, Sunset City, Melissa Ginsburg offers a fresh take on classic noir

SunsetCity hc cMelissa Ginsburg’s debut crime novel, Sunset City, unravels the brutal killing of a porn star while exploring some unexpected side effects of grief. Ginsburg will be at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Dream Images

Erik Reece takes a road trip through America’s experiments in utopian living

Layout 1Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America’s Most Radical Idea chronicles Erik Reece’s search for communities of people who embraced political, economic, social, and environmental “alternatives that now seem impossible but might soon prove inevitable.” Reece will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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A Cruel and Compassionate Hero

James Lee McDonough exposes the many contradictions of William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh Sherman FIN jacket.inddWilliam Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life is James Lee McDonough’s detailed look at a brilliant, multi-faceted soldier who never hesitated to visit the hell of war on his enemies. McDonough will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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A House that Binds

In Angela Flournoy’s first novel, members of a large Detroit clan clash and thrive in a city under stress

The Turner House pbSet in Detroit, Angela Flournoy’s critically celebrated first novel follows the struggles—with relationships, addiction, finances, even a ghost—of thirteen siblings and their parents. Flournoy will discuss The Turner House at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016, and again at the John C. Hodges Library on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville on October 24. Both events are free and open to the public.

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