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Two Cups of Joe

Folklorist Joe Wilson reflects on music, history, and life

Roots Music in America and Lucky Joe’s Namesake, two new volumes from the University of Tennessee Press, collect the late folklorist Joe Wilson’s idiosyncratic writings on music, history, and life.

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Make a Mess of Things

Daniel Wallace returns with a comic romp through a series of Extraordinary Adventures

Best known for his debut novel, Big Fish, Daniel Wallace is a master of wit and whimsy, gleaning both wonder and absurdity from the commonplace. In Extraordinary Adventures, Wallace delivers a modern variation on the picaresque, replete with madcap hijinks. He will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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Redefining the Story of the South

John T. Edge makes a case for food as the Rosetta Stone of Southern history

Renowned food writer John T. Edge will talk about his new book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. on June 6.

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Consciousness and Chaos

Madison Smartt Bell takes the reader on a visionary journey in Behind the Moon

In Behind the Moon, Madison Smartt Bell takes readers on a complex, hallucinatory tour of human and animal consciousness in the course of a story about a mother’s search for her lost daughter.

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Remembering George

It was 1966, and only one of us died in Vietnam

May 30, 2016 On Memorial Day I always think of my friend George Mangrum of Lauderdale County, Alabama. This is his story. It needs to be told.

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Thriller City

Holly Tucker talks with Chapter 16 about her new nonfiction book about historical intrigue in Paris

Holly Tucker’s City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris tells a fascinating true tale of murder, torture, and intrigue in seventeenth-century Paris—and explains how the City of Light got a nickname that has persisted for centuries. Tucker will discuss the book at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on June 8 on 4 p.m.

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