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Vanderbilt MFA candidate Tiana Clark picks up another major award

by Margaret Renkl

April 4, 2016 Vanderbilt University M.F.A. candidate Tiana Clark has added another national honor to her extensive CV: Clark's chapbook, Equilibrium, is the winner of the 2016 Frost Place competition and will be published by Bull City Press in early 2017.

Published Monday, 4 April 2016

A Bookshop on Wheels

Nashville's Parnassus Books launches a bookmobile

by Margaret Renkl

March 21, 2016 Make room, Nashville food trucks: there's a new kid in town. Parnassus Books—which took its name from Parnassus on Wheels, a 1917 Christopher Morley novella about a book-selling caravan—has just fulfilled its own destiny by launching a bookstore on wheels.

Published Monday, 21 March 2016

We Are Never Through Discovering Who We Are

In The New York Times, Arnold Weinstein makes a persuasive case for literature

by Margaret Renkl

March 7, 2016 Literature teaches the skills of clear writing and close reading, the ability to communicate, and the creativity necessary to see beyond the walls of the cubicle's box. But there's a value, too, in what literature gives us that has nothing to do with employment skills, and Memphis native Arnold Weinstein made a case for it recently in The New York Times.

Published Monday, 7 March 2016

An Outstanding Literary Work Indeed

Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams have won the 2016 NAACP Image Award

by Margaret Renkl

February 29, 2016 Exultant hurrahs and hearty congratulations to Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams, winners of the 2016 NAACP Image Award for an outstanding literary work with an instructional emphasis.

Published Monday, 29 February 2016

Carrying on the Legacy

Novelist Adam Ross is the new editor of The Sewanee Review

by Margaret Renkl

February 22, 2016 George Core, editor of The Sewanee Review for the past forty-two years, will be stepping down at the end of 2016. The new editor of the oldest continuously published literary magazine in the country, is Nashville novelist Adam Ross.

Published Monday, 22 February 2016

A Letter From a Hero

A letter from Will D. Campbell surfaces after many years in a drawer

by Margaret Renkl

February 16, 2016 The staff at Humanities Tennessee is preparing to move to new offices, and fresh treasures keep turning up every time someone opens an old file drawer. One of them is an undated letter sent by Will D. Campbell, civil-rights activist and author of Brother to a Dragonfly.

Published Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Another Round of Prizes

Tennessee writers bring in a bumper crop of awards

by Margaret Renkl

November 13, 2015 This year has already brought Tennessee writers a raft of honors, including three NEA grants, a Frost Place Chapbook Prize, and the $10,000 Rattle award, but the good news just keeps coming with more honors for Blountville poet Jane Hicks, Jackson poet Bobby C. Rogers, and Knoxville novelist Charles Dodd White.

Published Friday, 13 November 2015

Always a Tennessee Connection

Former Nashvillian Eliza Borné is the new editor of The Oxford American

by Margaret Renkl

November 2, 2015 When the Oxford American announced last week that Eliza Borné would be the magazine's third editor, our friends over at BookPage were thrilled: Borné spent three years as an editor at the Nashville-based national publication.

Published Monday, 2 November 2015

Fueling Dreams

Margaret Lazarus Dean’s prizewinning Leaving Orbit wows the critics

by Margaret Renkl

October 22, 2015 Prior to Margaret Lazarus Dean’s reading at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 23, 2015, Chapter 16 surveys the critical reception of Dean’s Graywolf Nonfiction Award-winning book, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight.

Published Thursday, 22 October 2015

Mapping the Pathways of the Heart

Phyllis Tickle, influential religious writer and publisher, has died at her home in Lucy

by Margaret Renkl

October 2, 2015 Phyllis Tickle, influential author of more than two dozen books about faith and religion, died of lung cancer on September 22, 2015, at her home in Lucy, Tennessee. She was eighty-one.

Published Friday, 2 October 2015

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