Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tina Chambers

A Lot of Patience and a Dumpster

Elizabeth Passarella bridges the distance from Memphis to Manhattan and then some

Memphis native Elizabeth Passarella’s second collection of essays, It Was an Ugly Couch Anyway, covers a lot of ground, both personally and existentially. Earthy, articulate, and uninhibited, Passarella is an engaging storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. She’ll discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on May 2.

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Tales She’ll Tell

The past, present, and future collide in Lee Smith’s Silver Alert

Lee Smith’s ability to spin tragedy into comedy is challenged as never before in her new novel, Silver Alert, as a motley cast of characters navigates a world filled with pain and loss, while at least one stubbornly clings to her hope for a better future.

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The Root of a Person

Light to the Hills tells a story of bringing literacy and light to impoverished people

Light to the Hills contains many of the traditional elements of Appalachian life — tales of moonshine and cock fighting, feuds and floods, coal mining and snake handling — but in Bonnie Blaylock’s lyrical prose, they come alive in a new way to tell a powerful story of family ties, mountain ways, and mountain justice. Blaylock will sign her book at Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro on April 5.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

John Seigenthaler promoted thoughtful discourse one book at a time

A Word on Words: The Best of John Seigenthaler’s Interviews celebrates the significant contribution to the American literary landscape made by Nashville’s John Seigenthaler, a legendary journalist and First Amendment advocate.

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More of a Burden Than a Gift

A debut collection of stories illuminates family sorrows

The pain of dysfunctional relationships is the unifying theme among the 10 stories showcased in Lisa Cupolo’s debut collection, Have Mercy on Us. Set around the globe from Africa to Greece, Canada to Catalina Island, the vignettes Cupolo crafts sharply illustrate often decades-old family dynamics.

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Vibrating with the Possibility of What You Might Become

Kevin Wilson’s latest novel considers the transformative power of art

“We were responsible for one of the weirdest mysteries in American pop culture,” admits Frankie, the protagonist and narrator of Sewanee author Kevin Wilson’s latest novel, Now Is Not the Time to Panic. Wilson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 7 and SoLit’s Club Lit Fundraiser in Chattanooga on November 17.

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