Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Dog in the Bottoms

A four-legged role model shows me how to live in the moment

Nearly every day I take my young dog, Zolene, for a walk in Shelby Bottoms, Nashville’s nearly 1,000-acre refuge for watery creatures and plants. A tidy girl with a black-and-white…

Down From the Mountain

How Hancock County embraced its Melungeon secret

In Beyond the Sunset: The Melungeon Outdoor Drama, 1969-1976, Wayne Winkler delves into how the civic leaders of isolated Hancock County took the story of its marginalized mixed-race residents, the…

To Memphis at 200

From the Chickasaw Bluffs to the Grizzlies’ “grit and grind,” Memphis abides

By the time Memphis was founded in 1819 on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, its inhabitants had already become “a confluence of multiple voices with diverse perspectives,” editors Karen…

The Truth Shall Set You Free

Victims of an infamous Memphis adoption mill tell their stories in Before and After

The horrors of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society — Georgia Tann’s adoption mill that flourished in Memphis from 1924 until Tann’s death in 1950 — are now well known. Less…

When First Love Could Kill

Helene Dunbar’s new YA novel explores coming of age during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic

In 1983 Ronald Reagan was president, Stonewall was ancient history, and AIDS only a rumor of a strange “gay plague.” It was an intoxicating, perilous time to be a teenager…

In Pursuit of the Common Good

In a new nonfiction book, Basil Hero considers the character traits of the Apollo astronauts

…when we die, we go to heaven when we’re born.” Lyda Phillips is a veteran journalist who grew up in Memphis and has earned degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Vanderbilt…