Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Head Start on Justice

Crystal Sanders explains how federal anti-poverty programs figured in the civil-rights movement

In A Chance for Change, Crystal Sanders expands our understanding of the role of education and federal anti-poverty programs in the civil-rights movement. She will discuss the book at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on March 16 at 6 p.m.

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The People’s Job

Barry Friedman argues for public control of law enforcement in Unwarranted

In Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission, former Vanderbilt Law professor Barry Friedman takes a sobering look at the practices of modern law enforcement. He will discuss Unwarranted at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 12 at 2 p.m.

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Taken at the Flood

In We Are Water, Wally Lamb unwinds the tangled threads that hold families together through fire and flood

Wally Lamb’s fifth novel, We Are Water, is a testament to the fact that families can survive almost anything thrown at them—murder, abuse, abandonment—if love remains. Lamb will appear in conversation with songwriter Mary Gautier on March 11 at Green Door Gourmet in Nashville in a benefit event for the Porch Writers’ Collective. 

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Dog’s Best Friend

In Gizelle’s Bucket List, Lauren Fern Watt takes her dying mastiff on an epic adventure

In Gizelle’s Bucket List, the touching story of an unlikely duo who tackle life together, Lauren Fern Watt remembers the six magical years she shared with a giant English mastiff. Watt will discuss her debut memoir at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 11 at 2 p.m.

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A Young Reader’s Dream Come True

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival gives students first access to authors

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival—or SE-YA—will draw thousands of readers to the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro on March 11 for an all-ages celebration of reading and writing that features appearances by more than forty children’s and YA authors. The event is free and open to the public.

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A Glowing Review

Lynn Frierson Faust shares her passion for bioluminescent beetles—a.k.a. lightning bugs

Lynn Frierson Faust’s new book, Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs, is an accessible, beautiful, and comprehensive guide to fireflies and their cousins. Faust will discuss her work at the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society in Oak Ridge on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and Union Ave. Books will be on hand for book purchases.

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