News & Notes

The Good News Just Keeps Coming

Summer will bring a bounty of new books by writers around the state

by Margaret Renkl

May 23, 2016 In the coming weeks, look for new titles from suspense writers, poets, children's authors, and novelists of every stripe.

Published Monday, 23 May 2016

Happy Birthday, Pulitzer Prizes

Chapter 16 is launching a series to celebrate prize-winning works from Tennessee history

by Margaret Renkl

May 9, 2016 This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, and Humanities Tennessee has received a grant from the Pulitzer organization to celebrate the centennial by highlighting past prizewinners from our state.

Published Monday, 9 May 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen, Sharpen Your Quills

Take your pick from writing workshops around the state

by Margaret Renkl

May 2, 2016 The school year is winding down now, but the literary events around the state are just gearing up.

Published Monday, 2 May 2016

The Perfect Fang

News of the next Kevin Wilson novel arrives just as his first hits the silver screen

by Margaret Renkl

April 25, 2016 Sewanee author Kevin Wilson has a new novel coming out in January and a film version of his first novel coming out in a few days.

Published Monday, 25 April 2016

Countdown: T Minus 19 Months

Another space-themed book deal for Margaret Lazarus Dean

by Margaret Renkl

April 18, 2016 Astronaut Scott Kelly, whose master's degree is from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, will write a memoir with Margaret Lazarus Dean, a novelist and nonfiction writer at the same university. The book, Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars, will be published in November 2017.

Published Monday, 18 April 2016


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

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