Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Chris Scott

Finding Poetry in Nature

Poets Rose McLarney and Laura-Gray Street, with naturalist L.L. Gaddy, celebrate the Southern biosphere

A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia presents the natural variety of the mountain South through poetry and imagery created by 67 of the region’s artists.

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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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Into the Arena

Clay Risen explains how Teddy Roosevelt helped usher America onto the world stage

In The Crowded Hour, Nashville native Clay Risen offers more than just a rousing retelling of the well-known story of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. He also shows how the famous regiment and their more famous leader helped remake not only America but the world. Risen will appear at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on June 8.

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No Job for a Lady

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson tells of a French socialite’s crucial spy network

In Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, Lynne Olson tells the nearly forgotten story of how a privileged young woman built a spy network that helped defeat the Third Reich. Olson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 14.

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Founding Sailors

Nathaniel Philbrick explains how George Washington—and the French navy—won the American Revolution

With In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown, Nathaniel Philbrick delivers a gripping account of the campaigns of 1781, which broke the British hold on North America. Philbrick will appear at the Nashville Public Library on October 22 as part of the Salon@615 series.

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An Occupational Hazard

In Depth of Winter, Craig Johnson puts Sheriff Walt Longmire in a different cold place

In the latest Walt Longmire mystery, Craig Johnson sends his protagonist south of the border, where Walt must confront his greatest challenge: a hot landscape with a cold heart. Johnson will discuss Depth of Winter at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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