Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Upon Waking”

Book Excerpt: The Headless Angel

Bill Brown is the author of 12 poetry collections. During the past 30 years, he has published hundreds of poems and articles in literary journals and anthologies. In 2011 the Tennessee Writers Alliance named him Tennessee Writer of the Year. He lives in Greenbrier.

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The Musicians You Didn’t Know You Knew

Revelations about Nashville’s uncredited session musicians

Travis Stimeling’s Nashville Cats: Record Production in Music City examines the contributions of uncredited session musicians to the “Nashville Sound” and the emergence of the city as a recording center.

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Be Like Your Tail

A dedicated service dog narrates a funny guide to the complicated world of humans

With Zeus, Dog of Chaos, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb has written another charmer, sure to be popular with young dog lovers for its sheer joyful exuberance, while it also demonstrates the vital role service dogs play in the lives of those who benefit from their selfless loyalty. Kristin O’Donnell Tubb will discuss the book during a virtual launch party on Parnassus Books’ Facebook page on June 2.

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Unreliable Narrators

Susan Choi sets her novel Trust Exercise at the intersection of fact and fiction

Susan Choi’s National Book Award-winning and Pulitzer-nominated Trust Exercise is a novel that sneaks up on readers in the best possible way. A free online public masterclass about the book will be led by University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor Hilary Havens on June 3 at 7 p.m. EDT.

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A Girl Complete

Claire Fullerton’s Little Tea explores the power of women’s friendships

“To a Southerner, any place outside of the South is ‘out there.’ There’s the South, and then there’s everywhere else,” writes Claire Fullerton in her novel Little Tea. Celia Wakefield has worked hard to put the tragic events of her Southern upbringing behind her, but when her friends are in trouble, she must go home again.

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Pictures of a Life

In Richard Alley’s Amelia Thorn, a woman of her time becomes a woman ahead of her time

Memphis author Richard Alley looks at 20th-century Mississippi and Memphis through a photographer’s eyes. Amelia Thorn is a tale of love, loss, and luck.

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