Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Chris Scott

An Occupational Hazard

In Depth of Winter, Craig Johnson puts Sheriff Walt Longmire in a different cold place

In the latest Walt Longmire mystery, Craig Johnson sends his protagonist south of the border, where Walt must confront his greatest challenge: a hot landscape with a cold heart. Johnson will discuss Depth of Winter at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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The Mystic Chords of Memory

Jon Meacham sees a hopeful future in America’s past

In The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham examines this country’s history of division and finds optimism in the way Americans have responded to trying times. Meacham will appear in conversation with Governor Bill Haslam at Montgomery Bell Academy on May 12.

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Discovering the Right Stuff

Astronaut Scott Kelly tells the story of his quest for the stars

In Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, Scott Kelly and Margaret Lazarus Dean describe the making of an astronaut and the almost yearlong mission that made him a living science experiment in extended space flight.

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To Dream the Improbable Dream

With Frankenstein Dreams, editor Michael Sims presents twenty vintage works of science fiction

In his new anthology, Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction, Michael Sims explores early science fiction, a genre born during the rapid scientific and technological advances of the nineteenth century. Sims will discuss the book at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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“Once His Country’s Idol, Now Her Horror”

Nathaniel Philbrick examines the life and treason of Benedict Arnold

Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution is a grand adventure into the darkness of the human heart, the story of a man whose name is synonymous with “traitor.” Philbrick will discuss and sign Valiant Ambition at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on May 16 at 7 p.m.

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What is Left

A dime-store scrapbook preserves priceless seventy-year-old memories

“Stayed here on our wedding night,” is the first entry in the scrapbook. Accompanying her text is a linen-paper postcard of the Hayes Hotel in Jackson, Michigan. My parents spent an entire month driving to California and back, a lengthy journey even today, and a grand expedition in the 1940s, before the wide availability of air conditioning and the franchising of America.

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