Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Maria Browning

Daughters, Lost and Found

In We Are All Shipwrecks, Kelly Grey Carlisle writes about her eccentric family and the legacy of a violent crime

In her memoir, We Are All Shipwrecks, Sewanee alumna Kelly Grey Carlisle delivers an often bleak story with skillful tenderness. In the process she explores the power and limitations of love.

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Of Ghost Plants and Whooping Cranes

Naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales considers a dozen exceptional species in Ephemeral by Nature

In his collection of essays, Ephemeral by Nature, naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales is deeply philosophical about our burdened planet. He makes a convincing case for joy and curiosity despite—or perhaps because of—the transience of all living things.

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Scottish Kings and Millenial Minstrelsy

Ayanna Thompson returns to Memphis to discuss Shakespeare and race

Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” has played an important role in America’s cultural confrontation with racial issues, according to Weyward Macbeth, a collection of essays that survey the play’s complex intersection with the color line. Ayanna Thompson, co-editor of the book, will speak on “Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don’t Know” in Hardie Auditorium at Rhodes College in Memphis on November 2 at 7 p.m.

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Living Honestly and Freely

Novelist Tova Mirvis writes about her decision to abandon Orthodox Judaism in The Book of Separation

As an Orthodox Jew, Tova Mirvis was taught from childhood that being a good wife and mother was her sacred duty, and her whole existence was shaped and bound by religious law. In her new memoir, The Book of Separation, she recalls her decision to leave her marriage and her faith community. Mirvis will appear at the Memphis Jewish Community Center on November 2 at 7 p.m.

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Metaphysician of Daily Life

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright will speak at ETSU

In advance of his return to Tennessee, Chapter 16 surveys the life and work of Charles Wright, whose poems are both accessible and deeply philosophical. Wright, a native of Pickwick Dam, will do two public events at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City on October 25.

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Building a Dog

Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut tell the full story of the famous Siberian fox study

In 1952, a Soviet geneticist named Dmitri Belyaev set out to create tame foxes, with dramatic success. In How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog), Belyaev’s colleague Lyudmila Trut and biologist Lee Alan Dugatkin give a detailed history of the now-famous Siberian fox study and explore its importance in solving a number of scientific mysteries. Dugatkin will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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