Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

When Literature is a Lifeline

At nineteen, Clay Byars became a writer after a stroke left him unable to talk

In Will & I, Sewanee alum Clay Byars joins the ranks of memorable memoirists facing disability with remarkable courage. He will discuss Will & I at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 22 at 2 p.m.

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Twenty-Nine—and Counting

Humanities Tennessee introduces a stellar lineup for the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books

Humanities Tennessee has announced a roster of award-winning, bestselling authors to headline the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books, which will take place in Nashville October 13-15. It’s shaping up to be our best year yet!

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Shattered Lives

A distraught father tries to catch a killer who attacked his daughter in David Bell’s latest thriller

In David Bell’s latest thriller, Bring Her Home, a man searches for answers in a town where childhood secrets have adult-sized consequences. Bell will appear at the Hendersonville Kroger on July 20 at 5 p.m., and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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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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