Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Abby N. Lewis

Maple Syrup and Mustachioed Men

Jeff Mann reflects on life as a gay Appalachian

Jeff Mann’s Loving Mountains, Loving Men, a hybrid work of poetry and memoir, explores the struggle and resilience of the LGBTQ community in Appalachia. Mann will discuss the book at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 9.

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Troubled Paradise

Stephen Hundley’s Bomb Island explores a 14-year-old boy’s dangerous coming of age

Stephen Hundley returns to Georgia as his literary stomping ground in his debut novel, Bomb Island, featuring a defunct sunken-bomb-turned-tourist-attraction and a tiger named Sugar.

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Calling for a Hearing

Darnell Arnoult’s latest poetry collection tackles the cosmos

The poems in Darnell Arnoult’s Incantations investigate the complexities of human and ethereal existence, mapping the paradoxes of life.

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A River’s Tale

Patti Callahan Henry tells a story of two sisters and the power of fairy tales

Operation Pied Piper, initiated by the British government in September 1939, relocated thousands of children in an effort to protect them from war bombing. In Patti Callahan Henry’s novel The Secret Book of Flora Lea, young sisters Hazel and Flora find themselves displaced with so many others, thrust into a terrifying adventure. Henry will appear at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on April 2.

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Reality with a Twist

Bradley Sides explores the supernatural in Crocodile Tears Didn’t Cause the Flood

Bradley Sides’ sophomore short story collection, Crocodile Tears Didn’t Cause the Flood, combines the mundane with the supernatural.

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Fryin’ Up an Identity

Mary Liza Hartong’s debut queer romance novel captures West Tennessee living

In her debut romance novel, Love and Hot Chicken, Mary Liza Hartong presents Southern love and queer romance at its finest. Hartong will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 20.

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