Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Righteous Among the Nations

Tennessee native Chris Edmonds shares his father’s heroic act with the world in No Surrender

In the final days of WWII, Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds saved over 200 Jewish servicemen from death at the hands of the Nazis. The inspiring story is told by his son Chris Edmonds in No Surrender: A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today. Edmonds will discuss the book at Books-A-Million in Sevierville on October 11; at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13; and at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in Nashville on October 30.

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Food Fight

Anissa Gray discusses family, process, and her absorbing debut novel

With The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Anissa Gray digs deep into sibling relationships, trauma, and grace. Gray will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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I Am a Narrative

Novelist Jacqueline Woodson explores myriad facets of identity in Red at the Bone

In Red at the Bone, with characteristic lyricism and insight, Jacqueline Woodson delivers an astonishingly rich and resonant portrait of 21st-century American identity. Woodson will discuss the novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 10.

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“For Chloe, on Turning Eighteen”

Book Excerpt: Candescent

Linda Parsons’ poetry has appeared in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah, among many other journals and anthologies. She is playwright-in-residence for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville. Candescent is her fifth poetry collection. Parsons will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 29.

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The Cold Can Teach Us Many Things

Novelist Brock Clarke sharpens his absurdist comic edge in Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?

In Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? Brock Clarke sends a repressed middle-aged loner on a madcap journey toward a peculiar sort of enlightenment. Brock Clarke will discuss Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Beyond Hemingway

Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence uncovers the hidden history of Franco’s Spain

Ruta Sepetys’ riveting fourth novel, The Fountains of Silence, shines light on yet another story the world has conspired to forget. Sepetys will discuss the book at the Nashville Public Library on October 1.

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