Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Maria Browning

Seeing with Twenty-First-Century Eyes

Nell Painter, a renowned historian, finds a new identity as an artist

In her memoir, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, Nell Painter writes about learning to see art, and herself, in new ways. Painter will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Bally Girl

In The Electric Woman, Tessa Fontaine learns about love and fear at the sideshow

Tessa Fontaine’s struggle against her fears, both physical and emotional, is at the center of her poignant, ultimately life-affirming memoir, The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts. Tessa Fontaine will discuss The Electric Woman at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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A Cinephile’s Brilliant Friend

In People Only Die of Love in Movies, editor Steve Haruch collects some of the best film writing by the late Jim Ridley

The late Nashville Scene film critic and editor Jim Ridley wrote about movies with dazzling insight, humor, and honesty. In People Only Die of Love in Movies editor Steve Haruch has collected some of the best of Ridley’s work.

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Idler’s Manifesto

Alan Lightman makes the case for slow living with In Praise of Wasting Time

With In Praise of Wasting Time, Memphis native Alan Lightman delivers an eloquent argument for the necessity of idleness.

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The Allure of the Absolutes

Alan Lightman revisits eternal questions in Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

In a new collection of essays, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, Memphis native and acclaimed novelist Alan Lightman seeks to reconcile the material and the mystical.

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Mississippi Voices

Ann Fisher-Wirth and Maude Schuyler Clay explore a state’s compelling character in Mississippi

In Mississippi, poet Ann Fisher-Wirth and photographer Maude Schuyler Clay create a nuanced portrait that transcends the usual Southern stereotypes. Both authors will appear at Burke’s Books in Memphis on March 29 at 5:30 p.m.

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