Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Gatherers at Time’s End

Excerpt: Specter Mountain

Specter Mountain is a book-length poetry collaboration between Jesse Graves and William Wright that imagines the spiritual and ecological life of an embattled landscape. The collection fuses two striking poetic visions into a new perspective on nature and the inevitable imprint of human interaction with wilderness.

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The Whuffo’s Guide to Skydiving

Excerpt: Freefall Summer

Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy’s father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad’s rules and her boyfriend’s protectiveness, she’s longing for an escape. Then she meets Denny. Freefall Summer is coming in April from Nashville’s Tracy Barrett.

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Jerry Lee Lewis

Book excerpt: Memphis Rent Party

Home of the blues, birthplace of rock & roll, soul-music capital—Memphis has been essential to American music. In Memphis Rent Party, coming March 6 from Bloomsbury, Robert Gordon heads behind the scenes to the people and places that music history has yet to record.

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A Friend from Chile

The seeds of a novel are sown in a friend’s disappearance

Worrying for years about a question with no answer is more than a little neurotic. It can also provide fertile soil for plot development.

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Sex, God, and Politics

By recounting historic debates over sex and morality, R. Marie Griffith explains our political divides

In Moral Combat, Chattanooga native R. Marie Griffith tells the history of the twentieth-century United States through religious debates over issues of sex and morality, exploring such topics as birth control, sex education, LGBT rights, and sexual harassment.

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The Colors of Music

In a new memoir, Steve Dorff collects tales from a life devoted to song

Songwriter and composer Steve Dorff’s new memoir, I Wrote That One, Too… A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney, tells stories of creativity, encounters with stars, and lessons from a colorful life.

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