Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Flawed Hero in Tumultuous Times

Preston Lauterbach’s Bluff City looks at the strange legacy of a civil-rights figure who worked as an FBI spy

Preston Lauterbach considers both the bravery and seeming treachery of a civil-rights photojournalist and FBI informant in Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers. Lauterbach will appear at Novel in Memphis on January 14.

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Gwendolyn Blooms

In her new picture book, Alice Faye Duncan pays tribute to the legendary Gwendolyn Brooks

In A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks, Memphis children’s author Alice Faye Duncan captures the life of distinguished poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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“In the Midst of the Heroin Epidemic”

Book Excerpt: In the Months of My Son’s Recovery

Kate Daniels is the author of five collections of poetry, including Four Testimonies and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. She lives in Nashville, where she directs the creative-writing program at Vanderbilt University. “In the Midst of the Heroin Epidemic” will appear in her forthcoming collection, In the Months of My Son’s Recovery, which will be published by Louisiana State University Press on May 15, 2019.

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All It Took Was an Invitation

Book Excerpt: Beyond the Point

Beyond the Point, the debut novel by Nashville writer Claire Gibson, is set at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The story’s protagonists are three women—a nationally-ranked point guard, the granddaughter of an Army general, and a rebellious homecoming queen—who struggle to remain close even as life takes them in different directions. The book will be published by William Morrow on April 2, 2019.

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How Appalachian I Am

Book excerpt: Appalachian Reckoning

Appalachian Reckoning is a collection of regional responses to J.D. Vance’s controversial bestselling memoir, Appalachian Elegy. In this essay from the book, Kingsport native Robert Gipe, author of Trampoline and Weedeater, writes with humor and compassion about the town where he grew up, the industries that made people sick there, and the people he knew. Appalachian Reckoning will be published by West Virginia University Press on March 1, 2019.

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No Accident

Book excerpt: The Current

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene—half frozen but alive. The Current, a new literary thriller by former Memphis novelist Tim Johnston, will be published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill on January 22, 2019.

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