Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Randy Fox

From a Brutal Land

Roger D. Hodge guides readers through a history of violence and hope on America’s bloodiest border

In Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands, Roger D. Hodge looks at the history of his home, and his family. Hodge will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Two Cups of Joe

Folklorist Joe Wilson reflects on music, history, and life

Roots Music in America and Lucky Joe’s Namesake, two new volumes from the University of Tennessee Press, collect the late folklorist Joe Wilson’s idiosyncratic writings on music, history, and life.

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Dixie Fried

Jim Dickinson’s memoir is a powerful journey through Memphis music

Jim Dickinson’s memoir, I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone, works its way through the musical landscape of rock’n’roll, soul, and the blues—Memphis-style. Mary Lindsay Dickinson will read from her late husband’s book at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on April 27 at 1 p.m. A musical performance by Some Sons of Mudboy will follow the reading.

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Taking the Cure

Lol Tolhurst’s memoir tells a story of friendship and music


Set against the history of one of the quintessential ‘80s alternative rock bands, Lol Tolhurst’s memoir, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, tells an engaging tale of transformation and redemption. Tolhurst will sign copies of Cured at Howlin’ Books in Nashville on December 8 at 6 p.m., and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on December 11 at 2 p.m.

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Dark Nights and Dark Streets

Thomas Mullen delivers a hardboiled historical gem

DarktownThomas Mullen’s new crime novel Darktown is a twisted and tangled ride through big-city corruption and the dark and bloody ground of the Jim Crow South. Mullen will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Someone Take the Wheel

Bob Mehr chronicles the ups and downs of the Replacements, the most gloriously dysfunctional rock band of the 1980s

February 24, 2016 Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements by Memphis writer Bob Mehr is a tale of heartbreak, triumph, and rock’n’roll rebellion. Mehr will appear in conversation with Robert Gordon at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on March 1, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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