Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Sean Kinch

True Feeling, Not Magic

An appreciation of Louise Erdrich, recipient of the 2022 Nashville Public Library Literary Award

Louise Erdrich, the 2022 Nashville Public Library Literary Award honoree, will give a free public lecture at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Nashville on November 12 at 10:00.

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Sunset of the American Century

Victoria Shorr’s Mid-Air is an intimate portrait of 20th-century America

Victoria Shorr’s Mid-Air, a collection of two novellas, portrays the fall of a patrician New York family and the rise of an immigrant family to wealth and influence; both celebrate mid-20th-century America, an era fading from living memory. Shorr will discuss Mid-Air at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.  

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The Bucket List

In Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s The Evening Hero, a retired doctor confronts his long-buried past

In Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s The Evening Hero, a recently retired doctor reckons his regrets and blessings decades after immigrating to Minnesota from war-torn Korea. Lee will discuss The Evening Hero at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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The Spirit of ‘76

Andrew Maraniss tells the story of a pioneering women’s basketball team

Andrew Maraniss’ Inaugural Ballers, a new nonfiction book for teen and young adult readers, describes the formation of the first U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team and the challenges they overcame on their way to making history. Maraniss will discuss Inaugural Ballers at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 13 and the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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Trying to Catch a Shadow

A new biography of Jim Thorpe separates the man from the legend

In Path Lit by Lightning, a new biography of Jim Thorpe, David Maraniss examines the inner resilience and outsized talents of a Native American who rose from obscurity to be heralded as the world’s greatest athlete. Maraniss will discuss Path Lit by Lightning at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 25.

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Welcome to Your New Eden

Bruce Holsinger discusses The Displacements, a novel of natural disaster

Bruce Holsinger’s new novel, The Displacements, imagines America’s first Category Six hurricane hitting South Florida and East Texas, uprooting millions of people. He answered questions from Chapter 16 about the way natural disasters exacerbate cultural divides but reveal everyday heroism. Holsinger will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, October 14-16.

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