Chapter 16
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Betsy Phillips

John Kasper, Ezra Pound’s Biggest Fan

Book Excerpt: Dynamite Nashville: Unmasking the FBI, the KKK, and the Bombers Beyond Their Control

In Dynamite Nashville, Betsy Phillips delves into a series of unsolved bombings in the city between 1957 and 1960 and uncovers links to racist violence that spread across the South in the years that followed. Dynamite Nashville will be published by Third Man Books in July 2024.

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The Legacy of One of Our Most Important Books

Vanderbilt University Press confronts the racism in its history

This volume helped set the course of the Press. It helped cement our reputation for publishing important, vital scholarship. All the beautiful words in it were devoted to celebrating and eulogizing the legacy of the white supremacist South.

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William Gay

Book Excerpt: Jesus Crawdad Death

In this excerpt from Jesus Crawdad Death, a new limited-edition chapbook from Third Man Books, Chapter 16’s Betsy Phillips considers the power of an unfinished ghost story by the late Hohenwald novelist William Gay. Phillips will appear at Third Man Records in Nashville on October 28 at 4 p.m.

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Booty, Booty, Booty, Booty, Rockin’ Everywhere

Ann Powers examines popular music’s propensity for sexual healing

In her new book, Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers details the history of erotic power in American popular music. Powers will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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A Uniquely Tennessee Take on the Haunted House

Girl meets house, house has ghosts, in Cherie Priest’s new novel

the-family-plot-cover_priestf16With the continued existence of her family’s Nashville salvage business hanging in the balance, Dahlia Dutton leads a work team to dismantle an old house—an old haunted house—in Chattanooga in Cherie Priest’s delightfully spooky The Family Plot.

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If the Ghosts Don’t Get Her, the Coon Suppers Might

Jeff Crook’s acerbic crime-scene photographer is forced by fate, and restless spirits, to solve another mystery

March 4, 2016 In Jeff Crook’s The Covenant, a recovering heroin addict with a less-than-steady job as a crime-scene photographer can’t afford to turn down work. But when she stumbles across a murder that local police seem disinclined to solve, she starts to wish she’d never left Memphis.

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