Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Mountain Meanderings

Ben Anderson chronicles a year in the Smokies

Veteran backcountry volunteer Ben Anderson spent 2016 hiking one million steps—more than 430 miles—on seventy-one different trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In Smokies Chronicle, he writes an intimate portrait of each day hike he took in the number-one most visited national park in the country.

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An In-Between Life

Angela Palm’s memoir, Riverine, reckons with the lingering effects of growing up in Nowhere, Indiana

In her memoir of childhood along the Kankakee River, Angela Palm recalls her love for the boy next door, who went to prison before he could escape their dead-end home. Palm will discuss Riverine at Refinery Nashville on June 24 at 6 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Porch Writers’ Collective, is free and open to the public.

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Confounding Brilliance

Scholars ponder Let Us Now Praise Famous Men on its seventy-fifth anniversary

In Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75, a transatlantic group of scholars reconsiders James Agee’s classic Depression-era account of three Alabama sharecropping families and the problem of representing them in words and images.

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One Corner at a Time

Beloved storyteller David Sedaris gives longtime readers a conspiratorial gift

In Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, essayist David Sedaris welcomes longtime fans even further into the story of his life. Sedaris will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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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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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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