Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Ghost Hunter

Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell cracks cold cases from the civil rights movement

Race Against Time, written in the gripping style of a crime thriller, describes how crusading investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell helped to deliver justice in long-ago murders of civil rights activists. Mitchell will speak about his book at Novel in Memphis on February 12 and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 24

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Pitching for a Level Field

In The Resisters, Gish Jen depicts an eerily plausible near-future dystopia

Gish Jen’s fifth novel, The Resisters, imagines a world where the poor struggle to survive on houseboats buffeted by swollen seas, the rich live comfortably on high ground, and a young woman’s talent for baseball can lead to revolution. Gish Jen will appear in conversation with Ann Patchett to discuss The Resisters at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 12.

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Three-Day Business Trip

Third-prize winner in the Tennessee True Stories Essay Contest

I arrived in Zagreb in the evening of Thursday, April 15, 1993 — the first step of a planned three-day business trip. I expected to return home to Bosnia as soon as it was done.

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Designing an Interior Life

Co-founder of Blackberry Farm Kreis Beall recounts her journey toward authenticity

In The Great Blue Hills of God, hospitality entrepreneur Kreis Beall describes how she embraced simplicity and renovated her soul.

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Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

William Eggleston’s photographs illuminate Southern spaces in surprising ways

The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston, collects 55 of the artist’s works from the 1960s through the 1980s. Primarily everyday scenes from the South during a transitional period in the region’s history, Eggleston’s photographs make the ordinary extraordinary or even dreamlike, capturing time and place but not without significant historical allusions.

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Delights, Not Dollars

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s second novel in her New York Public Library series considers the true value of stories

The Story Seeker, the second entry in Nashville writer Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s New York Public Library series for middle school readers, takes place in early 1929. Its protagonist, a vivacious 11-year-old named Viviani, is a lover of stories — and a mystery-solving sleuth. Tubb will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 30 and at Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga on March 24.

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