Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

More to Them Than How They Died

Allison Moorer turns family tragedy into bittersweet art


In Blood, country music artist Allison Moorer describes the circumstances that led to her parents’ murder-suicide in 1986 and the crime’s devastating effect on her and her only sibling, fellow singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne. Moorer will appear with Silas House in a virtual event hosted by The Porch in Nashville on October 28. 

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What the Water Took

A love that is buried in one generation may be resurrected in another

Charlie and Maude began their marriage on a homestead perched near the banks of the Cumberland River. The first child came within the year of their marriage. Eight more followed. Whooping cough claimed one of the babies, and the river’s frequent flooding eventually claimed the house.

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Earning the Respect of the Materials

Clarksville artist Billy Renkl illustrates his first children’s book

Clarksville artist Billy Renkl discusses figurative language, his love of paper, and creating the illustrations for his first children’s book, Diana Farid’s When You Breathe.

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A Bold, Tender Voice

Make Me Rain delivers quintessential Nikki Giovanni

For more than five decades, Nikki Giovanni has written about what it means to be a Black woman in America, calling attention to the injustices suffered by her community but also to its joys and triumphs. In her new collection of poetry and prose, Make Me Rain, her unique voice, bold yet tender, is on display again with a new relevance.

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Willing to Sacrifice

Country music superstar Sara Evans offers her life story and hard-earned wisdom

“I was born with a God-given gift for music,” writes country music superstar Sara Evans in Born to Fly. Evans tells the story of her rise in the music industry and dispenses hard-earned wisdom — from qualities to look for (and avoid) in a mate to the comfort of her Christian faith.

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The Problem with Policing

In Occupied Territory, Simon Balto digs at the roots of the current turmoil over race and policing

Simon Balto’s Occupied Territory provides a history of race and policing in Chicago over the course of the 20th century. Balto will speak about the book on October 20 at a virtual event hosted on the Facebook page of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, which awarded him its 2019 National Book Award.

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