Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Ralph Bowden

Beyond Bullets and Battles

Redeployment, Phil Klay’s debut story collection, considers the complexity of modern warfare

October 9, 2014 Redeployment—Phil Klay’s debut story collection, which has just been long-listed for the National Book Award—considers the complexity of modern warfare, where fighting units compete for glory; corpse-eating dogs have to be shot; and soldiers are counseled, patched up, or shipped home in a bag. Klay will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Captain Lewrie Commands Again

Dewey Lambdin’s new naval adventure takes its swashbuckling hero to Gibraltar

May 23, 2014 When last seen, Captain Alan Lewrie had suffered a serious leg wound. In Dewey Lambdin’s twentieth series installment, The King’s Marauder, Lewrie must recover and then coax a new commission out of the admiralty. Along the way, as always, he introduces readers to a colorful cast of characters and a wealth of information about the life of a British navy captain during the early years of the nineteenth century.

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Tennessee’s First Hero

Gordon Belt and Traci Nichols-Belt examine how history has treated Tennessee founding father John Sevier

April 10, 2014 John Sevier was widely recognized as a hero during his own time. Later writers and historical societies frequently revisited his legend, producing literature and monuments that reflected their own historical context. In John Sevier, Tennessee’s First Hero, Gordon T. Belt and Traci Nichols-Belt dig into those books, pamphlets, speeches, sermons, editorials, and letters to see how Sevier’s reputation has evolved over the years. The Belts will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 13, 2014, at 2 p.m.

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Less Stuff, More Life

The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, show readers how to make room for creativity

February 13, 2014 In Everything That Remains, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus offer a modern application of the long tradition of living better with less. This memoir about the transition of two upwardly-bound young men into what they call a minimalist life gives readers a how-to example. Millburn and Nicodemus will discuss Everything That Remains at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville on February 17, 2014, at 7 p.m.; at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.; and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on February 21, 2014, at 7 p.m.

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Social Death and Its Afterlives

Lisa Guenther contemplates solitary confinement—historically, socially, and philosophically

January 9, 2014 Nashville author Lisa Guenther, an associate professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, describes solitary confinement as “one of the simplest and most devastating” ways to destroy a person. In her exhaustive new book, Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives, Guenther gives an historical overview of solitary confinement in the U.S., discusses theories concerning its use, and examines the role of race in its application.

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Authentic Appalachia

In a new historical novel, Karen Spears Zacharias conveys a complex drama set during a supposedly simpler time and place

December 3, 2013 Karen Spears Zacharias is a veteran author of nonfiction, but her new book, Mother of Rain, is a foray into historical fiction. Set during the Depression and World War II in a close-knit community in East Tennessee, the story centers on a troubled young woman, her first baby, and their Appalachian neighbors’ good-hearted efforts to save them both.

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