Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Margaret Renkl

Countdown: T Minus 19 Months

Another space-themed book deal for Margaret Lazarus Dean

April 18, 2016 Astronaut Scott Kelly, whose master’s degree is from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, will write a memoir with Margaret Lazarus Dean, a novelist and nonfiction writer at the same university. The book, Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars, will be published in November 2017.

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Kicking and Punching and Straining for the Sky

Jim Ridley—Nashville Scene editor and passionate champion of literature—died on Friday at age fifty

April 10, 2016 Jim Ridley’s love for Middle Tennessee, especially the arts in Middle Tennessee, was innate, lifelong, and absolutely unwavering. His death on April 8, 2016, left a hole this community will never fill.

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Equilibrium

Vanderbilt MFA candidate Tiana Clark picks up another major award

April 4, 2016 Vanderbilt University M.F.A. candidate Tiana Clark has added another national honor to her extensive CV: Clark’s chapbook, Equilibrium, is the winner of the 2016 Frost Place competition and will be published by Bull City Press in early 2017.

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A Bookshop on Wheels

Nashville’s Parnassus Books launches a bookmobile

March 21, 2016 Make room, Nashville food trucks: there’s a new kid in town. Parnassus Books—which took its name from Parnassus on Wheels, a 1917 Christopher Morley novella about a book-selling caravan—has just fulfilled its own destiny by launching a bookstore on wheels.

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We Are Never Through Discovering Who We Are

In The New York Times, Arnold Weinstein makes a persuasive case for literature

March 7, 2016 Literature teaches the skills of clear writing and close reading, the ability to communicate, and the creativity necessary to see beyond the walls of the cubicle’s box. But there’s a value, too, in what literature gives us that has nothing to do with employment skills, and Memphis native Arnold Weinstein made a case for it recently in The New York Times.

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An Outstanding Literary Work Indeed

Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams have won the 2016 NAACP Image Award

February 29, 2016 Exultant hurrahs and hearty congratulations to Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams, winners of the 2016 NAACP Image Award for an outstanding literary work with an instructional emphasis.

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