Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Michael Ray Taylor

Scaling the Empathy Wall

In Strangers in Their Own Land, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild finds the heart of the political right

strangers_in_their_own_landThrough a close cultural study conducted in Louisiana, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild sought to explain the deep-seated fears that helped create the current political divide. She will discuss the resulting book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Good Dog

With Smoky Jack, a lost classic of nature writing is finally published after ninety years

June 27, 2016 In the summer of 1925, a young man from Knoxville named Paul Adams established the first permanent camp atop Mt. Le Conte in what would eventually become Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Smoky Jack, written by Adams from his journals, has now been edited and published for the first time. Knoxville editors Ken Wise and Anne Bridges will discuss and sign copies of Smoky Jack at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on July 10, 2016, at 2 p.m.

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Roy Blount Jr. serves up a mess of Southern essays and poems about cooking

March 16, 2016 Roy Blount Jr.’s twenty-fourth book, Save Room for Pie, is an eminently readable collection of food writing and humor drawn from his work for magazines and National Public Radio. The Vanderbilt graduate will discuss his new book at the Nashville Public Library on March 22, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.

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Perilous Waters

Nonfiction master Erik Larson takes readers aboard the final voyage of the Lusitania

March 14, 2015 Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, now out in paperback, follows the crew and passengers of the doomed ship, along with their pursuers aboard a German submarine, toward their fateful meeting on May 7, 1915. Larson will discuss the book at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on March 26, 2016, at 7 p.m., and at Christian Brothers University in Memphis on April 15, 2016, at 7 p.m.

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Going Gonzo

Tim Dorsey takes wacky crime on the road in Coconut Cowboy, his latest Serge A. Storms novel

February 25, 2016 Tim Dorsey’s Coconut Cowboy is the nineteenth installment in a gonzo series that seems as indestructible as its history-loving and occasionally psychotic protagonist, Serge A. Storms. Dorsey will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 27, 2016, at 2 p.m.

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Today-show host Hoda Kotb tells the real-life stories of people finding their way

January 26, 2016 Working with Tennessee-based author Jane Lorenzi, Today-show host Hoda Kotb tells the stories of ordinary people who discovered their purpose in life. Kotb will discuss Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us the Way at the Nashville Public Library on January 31, 2016, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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