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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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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A Family History Writ Large

Raye Springfield’s story is also the story of Haywood County, Tennessee

Some family stories rise past anecdote to the level of history. Case in point: the amazing tale documented in the newly released second edition of The Legacy of Tamar: Courage, Faith, and the Common Road of Hope in a West Tennessee Community by Nashville attorney Raye Springfield.

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Candidates, Chaos, and the Constitution

Michael Nelson recounts the turbulent presidential election of 1968 and its legacies for today

In his award-winning history Resilient America, Memphis author Michael Nelson narrates the chaotic presidential election of 1968 and argues for the essential stability of the American political system.

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