Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Dark Heart of a Marriage

Domestic violence is at the center of Kimberly Belle’s Dear Wife

Kimberly Belle’s Dear Wife tells a story of domestic abuse from multiple points of view: a wife on the run, an angry husband, and a detective determined to find answers.  

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Wild Things

Chattanoogan Dave Connis examines the fallout from censorship in his new YA novel

When Clara Evans, the protagonist of Suggested Reading, shows up for the first day of her senior year in high school, the last thing she expects to do is start a revolution. The book — Chattanooga writer Dave Connis’ second young adult novel — presents readers with a complex and nuanced portrait of the consequences of censorship.

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Overdoing a Good Thing

In Overdoing Democracy, Robert B. Talisse makes the case for stepping back from the maelstrom of politics

Robert B. Talisse’s Overdoing Democracy explains how our national addiction to politics is undermining the purposes for which democracy was conceived. Talisse will discuss the book at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in Nashville on November 21.

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“A View That Wasn’t There Before”

Book Excerpt: A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being

Jeff Hardin is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Small Revolution, No Other Kind of World, and A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being. His work has been honored with the Nicholas Roerich Prize, the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and the X. J. Kennedy Prize. Hardin will read from his work at Black Dog Book Co. in Nashville on November 12.

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Love Story

Joy Jordan-Lake’s A Crazy-Much Love explores the irrepressible love of parents for their adopted child

Joy Jordan-Lake’s debut picture book, illustrated by Spanish illustrator Sonia Sánchez, is about the “crazy-much love” two parents have for their adopted child and the profound love all parents hold for their children.  

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To Memphis at 200

From the Chickasaw Bluffs to the Grizzlies’ “grit and grind,” Memphis abides

Karen B. Golightly and Jonathan Judaken’s Memphis: 200 Years Together weaves a series of essays on the city’s complex history into an intricate quilt.

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