Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kashif Andrew Graham

American as Apple Pie

Friends turn to each other in Brandon Taylor’s The Late Americans

With his second novel, The Late Americans, Brandon Taylor invites us into a study on the intersection of loneliness, belonging, and being happy.

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New Americana

Scott Gloden’s debut story collection delves into America’s identity dilemma

The Great American Everything received the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, given annually to an emerging writer from a Southern state. Despite the expressly regional tag, the stories in Scott Gloden’s debut collection could be called new Americana.

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Randall Kenan Could Fly

A posthumous collection captures a beloved writer’s brilliance

Black Folk Could Fly, a volume of selected writings by the late Randall Kenan, explores the many aspects of African American life in the South.

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Much Ado About Something

Percival Everett plays with meaning and time in Dr. No

Percival Everett’s Dr. No is much ado about nothing. But in this novel, his 23rd, Everett explores the idea that perhaps nothing is something. Or everything.

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Making a New Sun

Saeed Jones writes poetry of grief and survival

Alive at the End of the World is the latest apocalyptic collection of poetry from Memphis native Saeed Jones. A copious Twitter user and cultural sage, Jones is also author of two earlier collections: When the Only Light Is Fire (2011) and Prelude to Bruise (2014).

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A Liberation of Language and Lyric

A Beat Beyond collects a wealth of prose from poet Major Jackson

A Beat Beyond collects a wealth of notes, essays, reviews, and talks written by award-winning poet Major Jackson from 1993 to 2020. Jackson will appear in conversation with Destiny O. Birdsong at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 1 and at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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