Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Before and After

Roxane Gay confronts the truth of her obesity in Hunger

In Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay tells the story of how and why she became morbidly obese and explores what it’s like to live in a body the world feels entitled to judge. Gay will discuss Hunger at the Blair School of Music in Nashville on July 13, at 6:15 p.m.

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Original Story

Michael E. Williams looks at spiritual storytelling from Genesis to Jesus to us

In Spoken into Being, Michael E. Williams explores the origins of our stories and their creative potential. Williams will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 8 at 2 p.m.

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The Boys of My Youth

What do we owe the universe for surviving?

Every Fourth of July, my buddies and I camped in the woods behind Anderson’s house. We called it Boston Hill because you could see the lights of the city thirty miles away. You could watch fireworks from all directions, all at once.

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On the Beach, On the Road, On Top of the Bestseller List

John Grisham’s first big tour in twenty-five years is a boon to Humanities Tennessee

John Grisham recently appeared at Parnassus Books in Nashville to sign his new novel, Camino Island, and to help raise money for Humanities Tennessee. It’s Grisham’s first big book tour in twenty-five years.

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A Family History Writ Large

Raye Springfield’s story is also the story of Haywood County, Tennessee

Some family stories rise past anecdote to the level of history. Case in point: the amazing tale documented in the newly released second edition of The Legacy of Tamar: Courage, Faith, and the Common Road of Hope in a West Tennessee Community by Nashville attorney Raye Springfield.

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Candidates, Chaos, and the Constitution

Michael Nelson recounts the turbulent presidential election of 1968 and its legacies for today

In his award-winning history Resilient America, Memphis author Michael Nelson narrates the chaotic presidential election of 1968 and argues for the essential stability of the American political system.

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