Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The World’s One Breathing

Poet Jesse Graves interviews literary Renaissance man David Madden

Knoxville native and literary polymath David Madden talks about his early influences, the writers he finds essential, and the importance of technique in creative writing.

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Polished Jewels

Margaret Renkl weaves personal and natural history in Late Migrations

Margaret Renkl surveys the natural world and her personal history in Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. The author will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 9 and at eight other events around the state in the weeks to come.  

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“Sunrise #126”

Book Excerpt: Solstice to Solstice to Solstice

Former Murfreesboro resident Allison Boyd Justus has worked for Tennessee’s community colleges and public schools as a library assistant, a teacher of English-language learners, and a teacher of intellectually gifted students.

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Dodging Cars and History

S.J. Dahlman traces Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road through modern Appalachia

In A Familiar Wilderness, S.J. Dahlman, a journalist and professor at Milligan College, hikes the route of Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road. Dahlman will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 30.

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Never at Home

The characters in Michael Croley’s debut collection struggle to find their place

In Michael Croley’s debut story collection, quiet people wrestle with the deepest human questions. Croley will discuss Any Other Place at Novel in Memphis on June 30.

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Race, Rights, and Reconstruction

Daniel Brook chronicles the shifting status of mixed-race elites in the 19th-century South

In The Accident of Color, Daniel Brook tells the revealing story of the mixed-race elite in Charleston and New Orleans during the 19th century. Brook will appear at Novel in Memphis on June 27 at 6:00 p.m.  

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