Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Peggy Burch

A Memphis Celebration

The Center for Southern Literary Arts holds its first festival in June

The inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival will begin June 15 with a ticketed benefit, “Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon,” and continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 16 with a series of talks, readings, and performances by writers, musicians, and artists from across the country. An after-party with DJ Siphne Aaye will begin at 7:30 p.m. June 16.

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A Trio on Love and Loss

A policeman, a dancer, and a pianist triangulate in Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut novel

A fallen policeman’s survivors confront their grief and rearrange their lives in Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut novel, Whiskey & Ribbons. The author will speak at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 6.

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“We’re Loud and We’re Boisterous”

The new Center for Southern Literary Arts brings Tayari Jones to Memphis

On February 27, the Center for Southern Literary Arts in Memphis will bring novelist Tayari Jones to the stage of the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts to talk about her new book, An American Marriage.

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The Gray Man Returns

Memphis native Mark Greaney sends his fictional super-assassin to Syria

Mark Greaney’s seventh Gray Man novel, Agent in Place, launches Court Gentry, professional assassin and occasional CIA agent, on an unlikely mission to Syria to retrieve the infant son of a brutal dictator. Greaney will appear on February 24 at Novel in Memphis.

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Stars of Southern Literature Arrive in Tennessee

The SouthWord Literary Feast will convene in Chattanooga November 3-4

SouthWord Literary Feast, a biennial book festival and reunion of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, will feature forty celebrated Southern authors, including Wendell Berry, Charles Frazier, Jill McCorkle, and Ron Rash. Seating is available for talks, readings, panel discussions, book signings, and meals November 3 and 4.

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