Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Erica Ciccarone

Four Brooklyn Girls

Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn meditates on the nature of friendship, love, and loss

AnotherBrooklyn HC CWith Another Brooklyn, celebrated children’s author Jacqueline Woodson has written her first novel for adult readers in twenty years—the coming-of-age story of four Brooklyn girls determined not to be defined by their family’s tragedies. Woodson will speak at the Nashville Public Library on September 7, 2016, and at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on September 8. Both events are free and open to the public.

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More than “Stormy Weather”

Gail Lumet Buckley’s family history provides a window into the long movement for black liberation

The Black CalhounsGail Lumet Buckley, daughter of Lena Horne, tells her family’s story from emancipation through the civil-rights era in The Black Calhouns. This sharply epic family saga is interwoven with the history of black American intellectuals and their movements for racial justice. Buckley will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Topical, Not Timeless

Rhodes College professor David McCarthy writes a history of protest art in America

April 25, 2016 In American Artists Against War, Rhodes College professor David McCarthy serves up a history of protest with artists at its center.

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Young Magic

From the stage to the page, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate shines

March 28, 2016 Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate, has just published her debut collection. this is our war sparkles with imagery and wisdom that will stay with you long after you close the book. Mukhopadhyay will read from it at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 1, 2016, at 6 p.m.

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Portrait of the Artist as a Screenwriter

Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel captures F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quest for authenticity in Hollywood

January 7, 2016 In his novel West of Sunset, Stewart O’Nan imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final years, a time when he tried to make a fresh start in Hollywood. O’Nan will appear at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on January 12, 2016, at 6 p.m.

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Shining Our Book-Signal Up Into the Sky

Nashville Public Television revives A Word on Words with new hosts J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott

November 23, 2015 With hosts J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott, Nashville Public Television has launched a new format for the late John Seigenthaler’s celebrated author-interview program, A Word on Words.

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