Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Randy Fox

Grand Young Opry

Charles K. Wolfe’s A Good-Natured Riot tells the tale of an American icon’s infancy

January 15, 2016 A Good-Natured Riot, Charles K. Wolfe’s classic history of the Grand Ole Opry’s early years, delivers an engaging and essential history of an almost forgotten era in country music. The book, originally released in 1999, is now available in paperback.

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A Shot of Rhythm & Blues

Rick Hall’s The Man from Muscle Shoals delivers a personal take on sweet soul music

December 8, 2015 In a new memoir, The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame, Rick Hall tells an idiosyncratic tale of his life and career as a ground-breaking producer of classic Southern soul, rock’n’roll, pop, and country records. Hall will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on December 12, 2015, at 2 p.m.

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A Killer Conference

The Killer Nashville conference brings a human touch back to the hardboiled business of crime writing

October 23, 2015 Now in its tenth year, the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference connects writers with agents, editors, and publishers. Killer Nashville will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel on October 29-November 1, 2015. In addition to the ticketed conference, a free public event, Killer Nashville BookCon, will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include author presentations, book signings, exhibitors, and book vendors.

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Bayou Treasure

Tom Cooper’s crime-fiction debut, The Marauders, crackles with dark humor and hope

August 28, 2015 First-time novelist Tom Cooper delivers a profane and rollicking tale of obsession and absurdity in The Marauders. Cooper will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

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Islands of Wonder

The grotesque and the glorious shine in James E. McTeer’s Minnow

August 5, 2015 First-time novelist James E. McTeer II chronicles a fantastic journey into the heart of darkness—and wonder—in Minnow. McTeer will discuss the novel at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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What Would Willie Do?

In It’s a Long Story, Willie Nelson expounds on the downhome zen of songwriting

June 29, 2015 Picking up just a short time after the end of his first memoir, 1988’s Willie: An Autobiography, It’s A Long Story is Willie Nelson’s examination of his own lifelong persistence and tenacity, as well as a rumination on the value of family, friends, and self-fulfillment through music.

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