Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Steve Haruch

ICE Breaker

For the immigrant mother and son of The Leavers, America is in the heart

In Lisa Ko’s new novel, The Leavers, a Chinese-American worker disappears from the life of her eleven-year-old son, who is subsequently adopted by a white couple. Ko will join Weike Wang, author of Chemistry, in a conversation moderated by Ann Patchett. The event will take place at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Dark Web

In Move Fast and Break Things, dystopia is now, but it didn’t have to be

Jonathan Taplin visits City Winery in Nashville to discuss his new book, Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, which deconstructs the libertarian ideological underpinnings of Silicon Valley tech culture. Taplin will also discuss his work on the rock documentary The Last Waltz, which he executive produced.

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The Thing’s the Plays

Shakespeare’s First Folio comes to Nashville, signifying everything

first-folio“First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare,” a new exhibit at the Nashville Parthenon, brings a four-centuries-old copy of the Bard’s first collection to Tennessee, and it is not to be missed. The rare book—on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death—will be on display from November 10, 2016, to January 8, 2017

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Eat Drink Man Woman

Dinner with Ron Jeremy is just the first course in Kendra DeColo’s impressive new collection of poems

Kendra DeColo, MY DINNER WITH RON JEREMYNashville poet Kendra DeColo’s new collection My Dinner with Ron Jeremy explores matters of the heart and groin in equal measure, presenting a collection that is at turns playful, dark, and odd, with a lyricism that belies the sometimes garish subject matter.

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Sound Opinions

Back in print, The Nashville Sound is essential reading on country music’s upheaval and reinvention

July 2, 2015 Paul Hemphill’s 1970 classic, The Nashville Sound, tells the story of Music City at a pivotal time—when country-music tradition and market-savvy innovation clashed in ways that were both singular to the moment and resonant today. The book was recently reissued by the University of Georgia Press.

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Shake It Off

In So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson peers into the Internet abyss and challenges haters not to hate

April 8, 2015Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed examines the consequences—intended and otherwise—of public shaming via the Internet. The book features interviews with otherwise ordinary people made infamous by relatively harmless missteps gone viral. Ronson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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