Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

In the Tense Space Between Two Worlds

Adrienne Berard’s Water Tossing Boulders looks at the American civil-rights movement through a new lens

Adrienne Berard will discuss Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South at Bookstock, a celebration held at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis on April 29. Bookstock is held annually and this year will feature appearances by forty area authors, food trucks, live music, and a host of children’s activities, including face painting, arts and crafts, and story time. All events are free and open to the public.

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Dixie Fried

Jim Dickinson’s memoir is a powerful journey through Memphis music

Jim Dickinson’s memoir, I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone, works its way through the musical landscape of rock’n’roll, soul, and the blues—Memphis-style. Mary Lindsay Dickinson will read from her late husband’s book at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on April 27 at 1 p.m. A musical performance by Some Sons of Mudboy will follow the reading.

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If It Ain’t Broke…

With The Fix David Baldacci cements the success of yet another page-turning series

Suspense master David Baldacci’s The Fix, third installment in the Amos Decker series, joins five other successful novel series developed by the prolific author. Baldacci will discuss The Fix at the Nashville Public Library on April 17 at 6:15 p.m.

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Remembering Pat

The world of children’s lit mourns the loss of the legendary Patricia C. McKissack

Middle Tennessee native Patricia C. McKissack, acclaimed author and storyteller, died near her home in Missouri on April 7. Her body of work, which includes many books written with her late husband Fredrick, did much to champion the African American experience.

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Writing for the City

Otis Sanford traces the twists and turns in Memphis politics

Otis Sanford tells a lively history of power and race in From Boss Crump to King Willie, a political history of twentieth-century Memphis, bookended by two towering figures: E.H. Crump and W.W. Herenton.

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The Dark Web

In Move Fast and Break Things, dystopia is now, but it didn’t have to be

Jonathan Taplin visits City Winery in Nashville to discuss his new book, Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, which deconstructs the libertarian ideological underpinnings of Silicon Valley tech culture. Taplin will also discuss his work on the rock documentary The Last Waltz, which he executive produced.

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