Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Lyda Phillips

The Arc of Memphis History

In a new essay collection, Aram Goudsouzian and Charles W. McKinney Jr. consider race relations in the Bluff City

In An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee, a collection of scholarly essays, editors Aram Goudsouzian and Charles W. McKinney Jr. look at the Bluff City from emancipation through the turbulent 1960s and into the present. They will discuss An Unseen Light at two Memphis events: at the National Civil Rights Museum on April 17 and Novel on May 15.

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On Account of Sex

In The Woman’s Hour, Elaine Weiss dissects the battle for women’s right to vote

Elaine Weiss’s The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote is a riveting history of the battle to secure voting rights for American women. Weiss will discuss The Woman’s Hour at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 6, and at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on March 8.

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Setting Fire to Jim Crow

In his latest satiric novel, Gerald Duff skewers the vestiges of antebellum Nashville

Starting from an actual 1967 forum featuring South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, Martin Luther King Jr., activist Stokely Carmichael, and beat poet Allen Ginsburg, Gerald Duff’s Nashville Burning looks at three consecutive Aprils of violence and change at Vanderbilt and other parts of the Music City.

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Thunder on the Right

Jared Yates Sexton rides the election storm surge in The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, an account of Jared Yates Sexton’s year on the 2016 campaign trail, describes Donald Trump’s rise to power and Hillary Clinton’s unexpected crash. Sexton will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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The Things We Do for Love

Rosecrans Baldwin plumbs the depths of feeling in The Last Kid Left

In The Last Kid Left, Rosecrans Baldwin’s young lovers face what seem to be impossible odds—a double murder, sexual violence, drugs, insanity, and alcoholism. Baldwin will discuss his second novel at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Mountain Meanderings

Ben Anderson chronicles a year in the Smokies

Veteran backcountry volunteer Ben Anderson spent 2016 hiking one million steps—more than 430 miles—on seventy-one different trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In Smokies Chronicle, he writes an intimate portrait of each day hike he took in the number-one most visited national park in the country.

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