Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

More to Them Than How They Died

Allison Moorer turns family tragedy into bittersweet art


In Blood, country music artist Allison Moorer describes the circumstances that led to her parents’ murder-suicide in 1986 and the crime’s devastating effect on her and her only sibling, fellow singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne. Moorer will discuss Blood at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 2.

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Music From Many Roots

A companion book elegantly encapsulates the documentary series Country Music

Country Music: An Illustrated History, a companion book to the PBS documentary series Country Music, chronicles country’s evolution and emergence as a musical form with broader reach and inclusion than many might think.

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Faded Star

Hollywood secrets come to a small town in Erica Wright’s Famous in Cedarville

In her fourth novel, Famous in Cedarville, Erica Wright combines Hollywood glamour and small-town mystery. Wright will discuss the book at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 9 and Parnassus Books In Nashville on November 15.

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A Contagious Path to Change

Gloria Steinem’s most memorable words remain relevant

The Truth Will Set You Free, but First It Will Piss You Off! collects selected quotes and essays from Gloria Steinem’s many books, articles, and speeches, along with a few contributions from her famous friends, including Michelle Obama and bell hooks. Steinem will discuss the book at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville on November 1.

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A Boy and His Hero

Bill Gubbins recalls an extraordinary 1969 encounter with Frank Zappa

The Hot Rats Book tells the story of how, through an unlikely series of events, 19-year-old Bill Gubbins was invited to photograph the 1969 Hot Rats recording session and camp out in Frank Zappa’s Los Angeles home.

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Memory is the Chariot

Ta-Nehisi Coates turns his talents toward fiction in a powerful debut novel

Journalist and essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates brings compassion and mastery to his debut novel, The Water Dancer, a story of slavery, freedom, and the mystical power of memory. Coates will discuss The Water Dancer at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on November 6 at 6:15 p.m.

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