Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Landscape Myopia”

Book Excerpt: Rodeo in Reverse

Oak Ridge poet Lindsey Alexander will read from her new collection, Rodeo in Reverse, at Union Ave. Books on September 27; at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14; and at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville on October 21 at 2 p.m. Rodeo in Reverse won the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize.

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How Close to Hell We’ll Have to Come

In Beautiful Country Burn Again, Ben Fountain dissects the election of 2016

With righteous fury and scathing wit, Ben Fountain’s Beautiful Country Burn Again dissects the monster of American politics in the age of Donald Trump, providing what may stand as the definitive account of the 2016 election. Fountain will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Normal is Boring

Escaping from Houdini, Kerri Maniscalco’s new YA mystery, combines science, magic, and murder

In Kerri Maniscalco’s Escaping from Houdini, magic and mayhem abound as teenager and forensic scientist Audrey Rose Wadsworth investigates a series of grisly murders onboard an ocean liner filled with carnival performers. Maniscalco will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Vanderbilt on September 22, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 24, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Blood and Profit

Journalist Shane Bauer spent four months undercover in a private prison

American Prison by Shane Bauer is a searing indictment of for-profit prisons, both in his own experience and in American history. Bauer will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 22.

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Spreading the Gospel of Southern Living

Actress and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon adds “author” to her list of titles

The principal charm of Whiskey in a Teacup is Reese Witherspoon’s narrative voice, which is so sincere, un-fussy, and personable, it’s like you’re sharing a casual chat with an old friend over a Moon Pie and an RC Cola. Witherspoon will discuss her book at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on September 23.

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What’s Wrong with Me?

Young men stumble on the path to adulthood in J.M. Holmes’s How Are You Going To Save Yourself

J.M. Holmes’s debut story collection, How Are You Going To Save Yourself, tracks four friends who form a posse in their teens but drift apart in their twenties. The book addresses twenty-first-century issues, particularly those facing young African-Americans, without sugar-coating. Holmes will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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