Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Erica Ciccarone

Bringing up the Dead

Lorrie Moore discusses death, humor, and her sensational new novel

I Am Homeless if This Is Not My Home braids the diary of a 19th-century spinster with a modern-day road trip story. With her signature dry humor and mastery of metaphor, Lorrie Moore leaves bodies in her wake.

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Stronger Stuff

Hang the Moon brings feminism to the Prohibition era — and it’s a wild ride

In Jeannette Walls’ new novel Hang the Moon, a Prohibition-era woman steps out of her father’s shadow and creates a brave new world. Walls will discuss her book on April 4 at Parnassus Books in Nashville.

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History in the Making

Poet Alora Young makes a triumphant debut with Walking Gentry Home

In Walking Gentry Home, poet Alora Young crafts a family history from the stories passed down through generations.

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Harm Reduction

Sam Quinones’ The Least of Us makes a compelling case for our survival

In The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth, journalist Sam Quinones reveals the new street drugs that are decimating the lives of Americans — and the people who are fighting them in their communities. Quinones will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 5.

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Survival Kit

Jenny Offill’s Weather is a guidebook for finding hope in the dark

Jenny Offill’s latest novel, Weather, is a meditation on the challenges of our times and a lesson in maintaining optimism despite our worst fears.

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Food Fight

Anissa Gray discusses family, process, and her absorbing debut novel

With The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Anissa Gray digs deep into sibling relationships, trauma, and grace. Gray will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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