Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Life, Love, and Emily Dickinson

In Ashley Herring Blake’s Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, a young girl considers her own identity

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World is Ashley Herring Blake’s new middle-grade novel about one girl’s quest to understand friendship, identity, and Emily Dickinson’s poetry.

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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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When the Looking Changes

Critic and author Teju Cole thinks about photography and politics

Teju Cole is the photography critic at The New York Times Magazine and the author of Blind Spot, a collection of photographs accompanied by brief pieces of writing. On March 29, Cole will give the keynote address at the “Seeing Civil Rights” symposium at the Brooks Museum in Memphis.

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Both Sides Now

A Manhattan professional weathers major life changes in Anna Quindlen’s new novel

In Alternate Side, bestselling novelist Anna Quindlen writes a bittersweet love letter to Manhattan, as well as a meditation on the passage of time. Quindlen will appear at the Nashville Public Library on March 28.

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J. Edgar Hoover’s Man in Memphis

Marc Perrusquia’s new book considers the double life of Memphis photographer Ernest Withers

In A Spy in Canaan, Commercial Appeal reporter Marc Perrusquia vastly expands his 2010 front-page bombshell that identified famed civil-rights photographer Ernest Withers as a paid informant for the FBI. Perrusquia will discuss his book at Novel in Memphis on March 27, and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 5.

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