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A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Hamilton Cain

The Wolf at the Door—and Inside It

In Brute, poet Emily Skaja invokes the savage ironies of love

Memphis poet Emily Skaja brings an inventive imagination and fearless pursuit of craft to her debut collection, Brute, winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award. Skaja will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on April 2.

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A Memoir in Mosaic

Emily Bernard’s new essay collection is set on the fault lines between north and south, black and white

With Black Is the Body, Nashville native Emily Bernard leads readers into her inner landscape with candor. Beneath her still surfaces, a rage roils. Bernard will read from the collection at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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Something More than Noir

The assassination of JFK launches Lou Berney’s new thriller

Against the backdrop of November 1963, crime novelist Lou Berney spins a gripping tale of two lovers on the lam from very different threats. Berney will discuss November Road at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14 at Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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A Lavish Mural of 1970s Indulgence

I Will Be Complete is Glen David Gold’s unsparing account of growing up in the care of the Me Generation

Glen David Gold’s vibrant memoir, I Will Be Complete, tracks the 1970s, from fashion trends to punk bands, while probing psychic scars inflicted by his mother, a ravishing “Linda Evans”-like Englishwoman transplanted to the West Coast. Gold will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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From Heights Looking Down

Sybil Baker’s While You Were Gone renders Chattanooga in cinematic detail

With echoes of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Sybil Baker’s new novel, While You Were Gone, deftly explores family relationships—and family secrets. Baker will appear at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on June 22, and at the Chattanooga Readers and Writers Fair on June 23.

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Unanticipated Consequences

Sarah E. Igo’s The Known Citizen considers the case for privacy

In her sweeping, meticulously researched new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, Sarah E. Igo charts the evolution of privacy as a peculiarly American principle. Igo will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 12.

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