Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Heart in Ruins

Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This weaves a haunting memoir around abandoned spaces

In Imagine Wanting Only This, a graphic work of nonfiction that is part personal memoir and part travelogue of urban ruins, Kristen Radtke combines brilliant comic art with poetic prose. Radtke will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Black and White and Red All Over?

Thomas J. Hrach shows how better reporting on race reduced rioting in the 1960s

In his new book, The Riot Report and the News, Thomas J. Hrach, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis, shows how rapidly diversifying newsrooms in the 1960s had revolutionary consequences for the way news is reported.

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All the Things We Didn’t Know

In Nina LaCour’s latest YA novel, a young woman faces her ghosts

Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay gives up its terrible secrets slowly. College freshman Marin Delaney is haunted by the ghosts of her past—what she remembers, what she now knows to be the truth, and what she has yet to understand. LaCour will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Quirks of Survival

The dilemmas of modern life illuminate Erica Wright’s collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned

The poems in Erica Wright’s new collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, exist in a glittering space between the everyday and the ineffable. Wright will discuss the book at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville on August 27 at 2 p.m.

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The Things We Do for Love

Rosecrans Baldwin plumbs the depths of feeling in The Last Kid Left

In The Last Kid Left, Rosecrans Baldwin’s young lovers face what seem to be impossible odds—a double murder, sexual violence, drugs, insanity, and alcoholism. Baldwin will discuss his second novel at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Beautiful, Muddy Things

A teenager carves a small-town space for herself in Courtney Stevens’s latest YA novel

Billie McCaffrey, narrator of Courtney Stevens’s latest YA novel, Dress Codes for Small Towns, must find a way to reconcile her square-peg place in a round-hole Kentucky town. Stevens will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 25 at 6:30 p.m.; at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on September 9 at 2 p.m.; and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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