Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Aram Goudsouzian

How Rock-n-Roll Became White

Jack Hamilton explores the way race distorted the iconic music of the 1960s

hamilton_just-around-midnightIn Just Around Midnight, Jack Hamilton describes how great artists such as Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, and the Rolling Stones crossed the race line in their music, even as the culture was separating “rock” and “soul” into separate genres. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis will host a conversation and book signing with Hamilton on October 27 at 7 p.m.

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Icons and Brothers

Johnny Smith talks about the fractured friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

bloodbrotherIn Blood Brothers, historians Johnny Smith and Randy Roberts chronicle the friendship of two dynamic figures: Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Smith will discuss the book at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on September 22 at 6 p.m.

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Blood on the Bridge

Jason Ward investigates a series of lynchings in Clarke County, Mississippi

hanging-bridgeWith deep research and vivid writing, Jason Ward tells the story of two lynchings in Clarke County, Mississippi, that explain both black progress and white resistance across the course of the twentieth century. Ward will discuss Hanging Bridge at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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The Rent Eats First

In Evicted, Matthew Desmond combines novelistic detail with a game-changing analysis of how the housing market shapes urban poverty

high res cover9780553447439 (1)Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is an extraordinary account of renters and landlords in Milwaukee. It forces the reader to understand the urban housing market as not just a consequence but also a cause of poverty. Desmond will be at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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A Noble Lunacy

Through the story of a break-in at Oak Ridge, Dan Zak’s Almighty explores the tensions of the atomic age

In July 2012 three protesters, including an elderly nun, broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In Almighty, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak uses their story to illuminate a movement of dissenters against nuclear weapons. Zak will discuss the book at the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium in Knoxville on August 4, 2016, at 7 p.m.

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Rights and Revolutions

Historian Timothy S. Huebner demonstrates how a “culture of constitutionalism” shaped the era of the American Civil War

June 13, 2016 In his engaging new book, Liberty and Union, Rhodes College professor Timothy S. Huebner brings together an enormous body of scholarship on the secession crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction, compelling us to reconsider what we think we know about the era.

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