Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Tender, Honest Narrative

Tara Stringfellow’s Memphis weaves a family’s complex stories

Tara M. Stringfellow’s debut novel Memphis opens with the North family tree, simply but beautifully designed. We can’t know where this family is going to take us, but we know there will be complexity and depth. A family tree contains multitudes. Stringfellow will celebrate the book’s release at Novel in Memphis on April 5.

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The Two Souths

Frye Gaillard and Cynthia Tucker explain how Southern politics shaped the modern United States

In The Southernization of America: A Story of Democracy in the Balance, Frye Gaillard and Cynthia Tucker see two traditions in the modern political history of the South, with clashing implications for the state of American democracy.

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Daylight till Dark

I wondered why my father never cared for gardening

My father loved his fruit trees, but unlike my mother and grandfather, he took no interest in growing vegetables. One day, a few years before his death, I learned why.

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Becoming the Characters

June Hall McCash discusses her novel The Truth Keepers

The Truth Keepers, the new novel by June Hall McCash, explores the true history of the du Bignon family in coastal Georgia during the 19th century. The story unfolds from the perspectives of his wife and mistress as each woman reckons with her secret past.

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Not the End of the World

Desperate characters in Nathan Elias’ debut novel plunge into alternate realities

In Nathan Elias’ Coil Quake Rift, the lives of four characters living in Los Angeles, connected by love and betrayal, are thrown into disarray when an earthquake opens a mysterious chasm.

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A Symphony of Listeners

Many voices harmonize in Paper Concert

Amy Wright’s Paper Concert: A Conversation in the Round compiles interviews with a variety of thinkers and artists who explore an array of topics from climate change to ketchup. Wright will deliver the Basler Chair Lecture at ETSU on March 28 and will appear at ETSU’s Bert C. Bach Written Word Initiative on April 12. She’ll also read at Knoxville’s Flying Anvil Theatre on April 10.

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