Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Emily Choate

An Invitation to the Festival

A Nashville native celebrates the arrival of the twenty-fourth annual Southern Festival of Books

October 12, 2012 Beginning at noon today, Humanities Tennessee kicks off the literary event of the Nashville year. At the Southern Festival of Books, running through Sunday on Legislative Plaza, you’ll find readings, panel discussions, author signings, children’s programs, music, food, and a huge array of literary wares. With seven Pulitzer Prize-winners and thirty-six authors who have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, this year’s slate of talent encompasses a lively mix of Southern and non-Southern writers alike. Before it all begins, Nashville native Emily Choate reflects on the literary high-wire act she has loved since high school.

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The Things They Carry

Abraham Verghese discusses doctor’s bags, white coats, and finding the right tools for the job

October 8, 2012 Stanford Medical School professor and The New York Times best-seller list author Abraham Verghese has made his case for the classic but fading image of doctors clad in white coats, their pockets bulging with instruments. Writing online for the “Well” section of The New York Times, Verghese recalls with rich detail the doctors’ bags carried by his early mentors, first when he was a medical student in India and then a resident in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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Praise for Iversen

The New York Times adds its voice to the wide-ranging chorus of admiration for Kristen Iversen’s memoir, Full Body Burden

October 1, 2012 Kristen Iversen, who directs the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Memphis, continues to gather praise for her memoir, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.

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Step Aside for the Talking Dog

Tony Earley discusses his new short story in The New Yorker

September 27, 2012 In the current issue of The New Yorker, Nashvillian Tony Earley takes Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk” on a wild new adventure, pitting him against a stubborn dog guarding a bridge.

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New Honors for Graves

Jesse Grave Wins Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year

September 26, 2012 Johnson City poet Jesse Graves continues to rack up honors for his first poetry collection, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine. Last week, Graves won the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. Graves will receive the award at the Southern Appalachian Culture Festival at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

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