Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Unhappy Endings

How a big-time swindler turned a young Knoxville woman’s life upside down

In My Friend Anna, Knoxville native Rachel DeLoache Williams delivers a fast-paced tell-all about her whirlwind friendship with Anna Delvey, the now-notorious New York con artist who posed as a rich German heiress. Williams will appear at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville on August 25.

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Eye of the Beholder

Ottessa Moshfegh discusses beauty, humor, and the ecstasy she finds in writing

By turns provoking and illuminating, Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation speaks to our modern anxieties and absurdities, revealing what endures inside us no matter how we try to numb or distract ourselves. Ottessa Moshfegh will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on Oct. 11-13.

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Reading My Bookcase

A bibliophile confronts her stash of unread books

My unread books had all survived several cullings, which meant that I must have repeatedly decided they were worth reading. So it seemed time to do just that.

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Courting Jim Crow

Steve Luxenberg chronicles the characters behind Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court decision that sanctioned racial segregation

In Separate, Steve Luxenberg provides a rich, multi-layered narrative of race in 19th-century America, culminating with the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case. Luxenberg will discuss Separate at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Damaged Goods

In Martin Clark’s new legal thriller, The Substitution Order, a fallen Virginia lawyer tries to clear his name

In Martin Clark’s new legal thriller, The Substitution Order, a Virginia lawyer attempts to piece together his life after cocaine addiction. Martin Clark will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on August 19 and Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 20.  

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Writing and Religion

Belle Boggs’ novel The Gulf is a wry takedown of the for-profit school scene

In The Gulf, Belle Boggs pits a money-strapped poet against an evangelical organization with a mission to make money. Boggs will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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