Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

David Wesley Williams

Desolation Rowboat

Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree teems with heartbreak, humor, and stunning prose

Cormac McCarthy made his name and fame in the West, but his most enduring character was Knoxville river rat Cornelius Suttree.

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Poet for the People

Prine on Prine shines with the beloved songwriter’s heart, humor, and humanity

Put on a record, pour yourself a Handsome Johnny, and settle in with Prine on Prine. For a fan, it’ll be like going to Paradise. Holly Gleason will discuss Prine on Prine at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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L.A. Roots

Western Edge explores country-rock from the Byrds to the Blasters and beyond

Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock is a fitting companion to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition of the same name, its pages fairly bursting with song.

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Meeting the Blues

Two California grad students get quite an education in the 1960s South

Going Up the Country revisits fieldwork expeditions to Mississippi and Louisiana at the height of the blues revival by two young scholars from UCLA.

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Out of the Shadows of History

Novelist Patricia L. Hudson brings Rebecca Boone, Daniel’s wife, to the fore

Rebecca Boone, wife of the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, is front and center, fully alive and endlessly compelling, in Patricia L. Hudson’s novel Traces.

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Man of Steel

Buddy Emmons’ name was synonymous with the sound of his beloved steel guitar

Steel guitar player and producer Steve Fishell captures the life of a sublime talent in Buddy Emmons: Steel Guitar Icon.

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