Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Chris Scott

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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American Letters

Daniel L. Mallock finds timely lessons in the friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

In Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution, Nashville writer Daniel L. Mallock details the breakup and later renewal of the friendship between two beloved founders. Mallock will sign Agony and Eloquence at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cool Springs on February 11 at 1 p.m. and at Books-A-Million in Nashville on March 26 at 3 p.m.

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