Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A City of Women

A hotel in Paris connects the stories of three formidable women

In All the Ways We Said Goodbye, Team W — the partnership nickname of bestselling authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White — embarks on a third novel. This time, the connecting strand running through the engrossing stories of three formidable women living in three different time periods is a place: the Ritz hotel in Paris. The authors will appear at Novel in Memphis on January 23.

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This Cult of Niceness

Lorraine López sends up the foibles of arts faculty in Postcards from the Gerund State

Lorraine M. López’s sharply funny collection of linked short stories, Postcards from the Gerund State, focuses on a group of women faculty navigating life and work at a small conservative women’s college.

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An Illuminated Mind

Oblivion Banjo surveys the long career of poet Charles Wright

Tennessee native and former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright is sometimes described as worldly, even cosmic, in his subject matter, and yet his poems are often grounded in everyday reality and memories of his home state. Oblivion Banjo brings together the poet’s own selection of work from a career spanning nearly half a century.

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She Had a Dream

Freedom Faith examines the little-known influence of civil rights leader Prathia Hall

Prathia Hall was a minister, activist, and academic who played a critical but largely unknown role in the civil rights movement. Memphis church historian Courtney Pace recounts her pivotal influence in Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall.

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Ah, California

Spenser heads to Los Angeles in Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes, Ace Atkins’ eighth novel in the iconic series

When Spenser goes west in search of a missing young actress in Ace Atkins’ Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes, the Boston PI roams the dark streets of Raymond Chandler and noir gumshoes, finding clues amid echoes of his own past.

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Finding Poetry in Nature

Poets Rose McLarney and Laura-Gray Street, with naturalist L.L. Gaddy, celebrate the Southern biosphere

A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia presents the natural variety of the mountain South through poetry and imagery created by 67 of the region’s artists.

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