Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Jacqueline Zeisloft

Making It in Music City

Margo Price’s Maybe We’ll Make It is an artist’s unflinching self-portrait

Margo Price’s Maybe We’ll Make It recalls her gritty struggle for a music career. Price will appear in Nashville at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music on October 4, the 2022 Southern Festival of Books on October 14-16, and Parnassus Books on November 16.

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When It All Falls Down

Toya Wolfe’s debut novel depicts girlhood friendship in a doomed housing project

Toya Wolfe pens a tribute to the public housing project where she grew up in her outstanding debut, Last Summer on State Street. Through the eyes of 12-year-old Fe Fe, we bear witness to the realities of Chicago’s infamous Robert Taylor Homes in this heartfelt coming-of-age novel. Wolfe will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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Rough and Rowdy

Elizabeth Elkins sorts fact from fiction about Nashville’s Timothy Demonbreun

The record is full of gaps when it comes to the life of Timothy Demonbreun, the French Canadian fur trader who has come to be known as Nashville’s first resident. Elizabeth Elkins goes about getting the story straight in We Should Soon Become Respectable, a lively, well-researched history of a mysterious man.

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A Larger Suitcase

Rickie Lee Jones recalls her family and career in Last Chance Texaco

Rickie Lee Jones’ memoir looks back at her family, her career, and the long road to seeing the beauty in her life. Jones will appear at the online 2021 Southern Festival of Books on October 9.

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You Get What You Need

Mary Gauthier delves into her life and art in Saved by a Song

In Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting, Grammy-nominated folk musician Mary Gauthier unpacks her ideas around “what makes a song matter.” This investigation takes us through Gauthier’s personal narrative as a queer woman, a survivor of addiction, and an artist who reaches deep into the wounds of her childhood to reckon with her past traumas through song. Gauthier will discuss the book at a ticketed virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 6.

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The Full Story

Brandi Carlile pens a frank, vulnerable memoir

Americana artist Brandi Carlile disarms us with her earnestness in Broken Horses, a candid rendering of her personal story and her ascent to Grammy-winning fame.

 

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