Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Reading My Bookcase

A bibliophile confronts her stash of unread books

My unread books had all survived several cullings, which meant that I must have repeatedly decided they were worth reading. So it seemed time to do just that.

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Courting Jim Crow

Steve Luxenberg chronicles the characters behind Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court decision that sanctioned racial segregation

In Separate, Steve Luxenberg provides a rich, multi-layered narrative of race in 19th-century America, culminating with the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case. Luxenberg will discuss Separate at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Damaged Goods

In Martin Clark’s new legal thriller, The Substitution Order, a fallen Virginia lawyer tries to clear his name

In Martin Clark’s new legal thriller, The Substitution Order, a Virginia lawyer attempts to piece together his life after cocaine addiction. Martin Clark will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on August 19 and Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 20.  

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Writing and Religion

Belle Boggs’ novel The Gulf is a wry takedown of the for-profit school scene

In The Gulf, Belle Boggs pits a money-strapped poet against an evangelical organization with a mission to make money. Boggs will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Real-Life Applications

Scott Hylbert’s debut thriller is scary because its implications are so authentic.

In the age of Craigslist killers, illicit mail-order drugs, and cryptocurrencies, debut Nashville author Scott Hylbert renders a thriller about a Silicon Valley service-for-hire startup that’s chilling in its implications.

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Facing the Tanks

Red Metal imagines a Russian invasion of Europe

With Red Metal, Mark Greaney and Lt. Col. Hunter “Rip” Rawlings deliver a propulsive novel about a surprise military assault in Europe by Russian Federation forces.

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