Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Lauren Turner

Between Two Worlds

In Evil Eye, a young woman navigates cultural crossroads in search of herself

The protagonist of Etaf Rum’s second novel, Evil Eye, struggles to carve out a place in two worlds without losing what she loves. Rum will appear at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Like a Tree Wrapped in Barbed Wire

A woman reckons with the past in Polly Stewart’s The Good Ones

Polly Stewart’s crime novel The Good Ones centers a young woman’s disappearance within an intricate web of mysteries and the expectations that define womanhood in the South. Stewart will discuss The Good Ones at Novel in Memphis on June 13.

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Traditions Are Elastic

Making Our Future offers visionary folklore of Appalachia

In her book Making Our Future: Visionary Folklore and Everyday Culture in Appalachia, Emily Hilliard presents what she calls “visionary folklore,” sidestepping nostalgia in favor of a cooperative approach that catalogs traditions while seeking to identify and participate in new cultural practices. Hilliard will appear at Vinyl Tap in Nashville on January 21 and Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on January 22.

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A Symphony of Listeners

Many voices harmonize in Paper Concert

Amy Wright’s Paper Concert: A Conversation in the Round compiles interviews with a variety of thinkers and artists who explore an array of topics from climate change to ketchup. Wright will deliver the Basler Chair Lecture at ETSU on March 28 and will appear at ETSU’s Bert C. Bach Written Word Initiative on April 12. She’ll also read at Knoxville’s Flying Anvil Theatre on April 10.

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An Unlikely Cast of Heroines

Women prevail in an inventive debut story collection

Gwen E. Kirby’s bold debut story collection connects an unlikely cast of heroines across time and space, each encountering her own series of obstacles in pursuit of survival, pleasure, and fulfillment. Kirby will appear with Kevin Wilson at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 11.

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