Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

My NBA Love Affairs

On finding the right team to root for

The Golden State Warriors’ broadcast on a local station was an excuse for Stanford students to congregate in common rooms and eating clubs, a break from studying and a topic of conversation. Plus, the Warriors of 1986-87 were a lovable, ragtag, perennially second-tier squad whose best player, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, was famous for having the league’s most apt nickname.

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A Factory of Dreams

Mesha Maren’s Perpetual West is a fearless exploration of borders

Perpetual West, Mesha Maren’s second novel, follows a troubled couple from Appalachia to the U.S.-Mexico border on a perilous journey of self-discovery.

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Foot Soldier for Justice

Kathlyn J. Kirkwood discusses her memoir for young readers on the making of MLK Day

Kathlyn J. Kirkwood discusses her memoir in verse, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round, as well as the literacy program she runs in Middle Tennessee with her husband, Alan.

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Everything Here Is Dead

A lonely boy unravels the mystery of his own death

In The Visitors, Greg Howard’s third middle-grade novel, a 12-year-old boy is “stuck” in a neglected plantation in South Carolina, along with other inhabitants — some benevolent, some definitely not. When three visitors arrive to investigate a long-ago mystery, the boy starts to unearth memories of his past. Greg Howard will discuss The Visitors at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 31.

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Six Haiku

Book Excerpt: Old Roads

Old Roads is a collection of haiku and photographs by East Tennessee writer Brett Taylor. The photographs were taken in an array of Tennessee locations, including Wartburg, Petros, Greenback, Pall Mall, Norris, Cades Cove, and south Knoxville. Taylor has written for The South Carolina Review, Skeptical Inquirer, Fortean Times, FilmfaxGreen Mountains Review, Folio, Ampersand, Redivider, Big Muddy and San Pedro River Review.  

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Trumpeter Swan

A life bird

According to the notes in my old National Geographic bird guide, on November 8, 1980, I saw a trumpeter swan at the Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills, Illinois. A life bird. My mother had been in the hospital in downtown Chicago for nearly two months.

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