Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Dodging Cars and History

S.J. Dahlman traces Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road through modern Appalachia

In A Familiar Wilderness, S.J. Dahlman, a journalist and professor at Milligan College, hikes the route of Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road. Dahlman will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 30.

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Never at Home

The characters in Michael Croley’s debut collection struggle to find their place

In Michael Croley’s debut story collection, quiet people wrestle with the deepest human questions. Croley will discuss Any Other Place at Novel in Memphis on June 30.

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Race, Rights, and Reconstruction

Daniel Brook chronicles the shifting status of mixed-race elites in the 19th-century South

In The Accident of Color, Daniel Brook tells the revealing story of the mixed-race elite in Charleston and New Orleans during the 19th century. Brook will appear at Novel in Memphis on June 27 at 6:00 p.m.  

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Missions Matter

Janet Napolitano takes stock of the nation’s youngest cabinet department

In How Safe Are We?, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano delivers a report card on our shared commitment to protecting the nation. Napolitano will appear in conversation with former Governor Phil Bredesen at the Nashville Public Library on June 24.  

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“what you have left”

Book Excerpt: Bright Along the Body

Ashley Roach-Freiman is a librarian and poet from Memphis. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Fugue, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Southern Women’s Review, The Literary Review, Ghost Proposal, and Nightjar Review.

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The Crooked Road to a Musical Legacy

Terry Klefstad chronicles the life and legacy of musician Bill Pursell

Crooked River City, Terry Wait Klefstad’s biography of musician and composer Bill Pursell, considers his influence on the Nashville Sound.

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