Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Susannah Felts

Growing Wilder by the Day

Lauren Groff’s The Vaster Wilds is a tale of horror and beauty

In her breathtaking seventh book, The Vaster Wilds, Lauren Groff tells the story of a young servant girl on the run in the 17th-century New World wilderness. Groff will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 14 and the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on September 15.

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A Happy Marriage of Flavors

Chef Vishwesh Bhatt expands the Southern culinary repertoire

With I Am From Here, chef Vishwesh Bhatt breaks new ground in the “Southern cookbook” genre. Bhatt will appear at a ticketed event held at Restaurant Iris in Memphis on June 16.

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A Story of Women and Power

Toil and Trouble surveys witchy history

In Toil and Trouble: A Women’s History of the Occult, Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson profile religious leaders, entertainers, psychic mediums, healers, activists, and more, from Puritan New England to the witch-friendly grounds of social media today.

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Still Alive

Death haunts the essays in Rachel Kushner’s The Hard Crowd

Rachel Kushner’s The Hard Crowd gathers two decades of the critically acclaimed novelist’s personal narratives and critical writing. Kushner will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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A Great Southern Voice

Rick Bragg returns with a collection of his short works

The name Rick Bragg is a kind of fixture of the South, likely familiar even to those who’ve never read a word of his prose. If that’s the case for you, a new collection of his short works, Where I Come From, is as good a place to start as any.

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The Past Rising Up

Randall Kenan’s If I Had Two Wings returns to Tims Creek

In Randall Kenan’s new story collection, If I Had Two Wings, the residents of Tims Creek, North Carolina, often find themselves in bewildering circumstances, caught up in twists of fate that demand an unrehearsed response. 

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