Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kim Green

A Long, Strange Trip

My Year Abroad traces an ordinary young man’s journey to a weird hell and back

My Year Abroad, Chang-rae Lee’s sixth novel, is an exuberant — and strange — coming-of-age tale. Lee will discuss the book with Ann Patchett at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 19.

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Live and Let Spy

In Sometimes You Have to Lie, Leslie Brody traces the origin story of an author and her fictional heroine

Leslie Brody’s Sometimes You Have to Lie tells the story of the free-spirited life and revolutionary times of the famously secretive Harriet the Spy author, Louise Fitzhugh.

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White Fight

Dispatches from the Race War exhorts white Americans to join the struggle for a fairer society.  

Dispatches from the Race War, a new essay collection by antiracist educator Tim Wise, implores white Americans to reckon with the nation’s ongoing racial traumas and commit to the struggle for justice and equity. Wise will appear at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on December 10.

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Same War, Same General

Connor Towne O’Neill grapples with America’s legacy of white supremacy

In Down Along with That Devil’s Bones, Connor Towne O’Neill explores the battles over Nathan Bedford Forrest monuments in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Memphis, and Selma, Alabama, in a quest to understand how white supremacy continues to shape American society. O’Neill will appear at a virtual event hosted by Novel in Memphis on September 29 and at the 2020 Southern Festival of Books, held online October 1-11.

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Here Be Dragons

Wayétu Moore flees from Liberia’s civil war and fights to be seen in race-obsessed America

In Wayétu Moore’s memoir, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women, Moore details her flight from Liberia’s civil war, her disorientation in an America obsessed with skin color, and her search for the warrior-woman who helped her family escape.

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Conspiracies of Silence

Say Nothing weaves the unsolved case of a disappeared Belfast mother into a history of the Troubles

In Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe masterfully combines the unsolved mystery of a kidnapped Belfast woman, the story of a secret oral history archive in Boston, and a richly reported history of the Troubles. A free online public masterclass on the book will be led by University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor Monica Black on June 10 at 7 p.m. EDT.

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