Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Noble Lunacy

Through the story of a break-in at Oak Ridge, Dan Zak’s Almighty explores the tensions of the atomic age

In July 2012 three protestors, including an elderly nun, broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In Almighty, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak uses their story to illuminate a movement of dissenters against nuclear weapons. Zak will discuss the book at the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium in Knoxville on August 4, 2016, at 7 p.m.

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An Assault on Making Sense

Odie Lindsey’s debut story collection, We Come to Our Senses, details the dirty secrets of deployment

In his debut collection, We Come to Our Senses, Odie Lindsey challenges the grand narratives of war with stories of the self-destructive impulses of the men and women forever changed by it. Lindsey will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 21, at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on July 28, at the Southern Festival of Books October 14-16, and at Vanderbilt University on November 10. All events are free and open to the public.

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Every Man for Himself

Donald Ray Pollock’s The Heavenly Table, set in 1917, reveals desperate hardship among the rural poor

Donald Ray Pollock’s new novel, The Heavenly Table, charts the path of the Jewett Gang, three brothers and bank robbers fated to meet Eula and Ellsworth Fiddler, Ohio farmers plagued by bad luck and worse decisions. Pollock will discuss The Heavenly Table at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on July 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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A Cape Canaveral of the Soul

Patrick Ryan’s new stories place buoyant, striving characters in a small patch of Florida

Set in Cape Canaveral in the late twentieth century, Patrick Ryan’s stories conjure a rich variety of intriguing souls, from a pregnant teen who wants to be Miss America to a gay sixteen-year-old with a crush on an ex-astronaut. Ryan will discuss The Dream Life of Astronauts in conversation with Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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Humanities Tennessee Announces an All-Star Lineup

The twenty-eighth annual Southern Festival of Books will bring more than 250 authors to Nashville

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July 11, 2016 Today Humanities Tennessee announced a lineup of award-winning, bestselling authors who will headline the twenty-eighth annual Southern Festival of Books, which will be held at Legislative Plaza in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Southern Festival of Books 2015

For a hint of the fun to come in 2016, check out these photos from the 2015 Southern Festival of Books

Southern Festival of Books thumbnail wideWith the run-up to the 2016 Southern Festival of Books now officially underway, it’s a good time to remember the festival of 2015.

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