Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The First Novel

The Hero of This Book ponders the story of a mother and daughter

Elizabeth McCracken’s new novel, The Hero of This Book, offers a dazzling, prismatic story of an author reflecting on her mother and her writing. McCracken will discuss the book with Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 10.

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Irrepressible Artist

Steve Stern paints a fictional portrait of Chaim Soutine

Steve Stern’s The Village Idiot, a fictionalized account of the life of painter Chaim Soutine, dives into the relationships, politics, and context that shaped his often overlooked masterworks. Stern will appear at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on October 13.

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Rolling Back History

No Choice takes readers to the heart of post-Roe America

Becca Andrews’ No Choice takes readers to communities in the South and beyond where abortion rights have eroded, particularly with the fall of Roe v. Wade. Andrews will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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Making It in Music City

Margo Price’s Maybe We’ll Make It is an artist’s unflinching self-portrait

Margo Price’s Maybe We’ll Make It recalls her gritty struggle for a music career. Price will appear in Nashville at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music on October 4, the 2022 Southern Festival of Books on October 14-16, and Parnassus Books on November 16.

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Your Brain on Music

Richard Manning explores the mysterious allure of song

In If It Sounds Good, It Is Good, Richard Manning makes a case for learning music by ear and explains why it’s a shame music-making is left more and more to professionals. Manning will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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Stuck to the Bones

Margaret A. Burnham examines racist violence in the Jim Crow South

In By Hands Now Known, Margaret Burnham tells an intimate, large-scale, and tragic story of racial violence in the American South from 1920 to 1960. Burnham will be at Novel in Memphis on October 13 and at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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