Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Peggy Burch

Channeling Restless Spirits

Jesmyn Ward returns to familiar Gulf Coast territory in Sing, Unburied, Sing

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward will be in Nashville to talk about her third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, in which a Mississippi family grapples with drugs, grief, and ghosts. She’ll appear at Parnassus Books on September 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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Redefining the Story of the South

John T. Edge makes a case for food as the Rosetta Stone of Southern history

A cast of visionaries and eccentrics populates The Potlikker Papers, from Fannie Lou Hamer, founder of the Freedom Farm and Pig Bank, to Edna Lewis, who could tell when a cake was done by listening to it.

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Where Music and Sports Converge

Chuck Klosterman flexes his singular voice in a new nonfiction collection

Chuck Klosterman X collects some of the journalist’s writing about sports, music, and topics as disparate as zombies and steroids in a book the subtitle describes as “A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century.” Klosterman will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. on May 23.

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A Tragic Crossing

Michel Stone’s Border Child tracks the grim plight of fictional Mexican parents facing an unbearable loss

In her new novel, Border Child, Michel Stone tells the story of a young Mexican couple who gamble on a border crossing and lose their baby to a kidnapper in the process. Stone will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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How to Succeed at Being You

Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up is a funny book with a serious point

Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up tells the story of a single woman negotiating the trials of adulthood in New York City. Attenberg will discuss her sixth novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

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A Young Reader’s Dream Come True

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival gives students first access to authors

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival—or SE-YA—will draw thousands of readers to the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro on March 11 for an all-ages celebration of reading and writing that features appearances by more than forty children’s and YA authors. The event is free and open to the public.

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