Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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Book Excerpt: Obama’s Children

Earl S. Braggs is a UC Foundation and Battle Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His awards include the International Jack Kerouac Literary Prize and the Anhinga Poetry Prize. Obama’s Children is his 15th collection of poetry.

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The Mirror and the Magnifying Glass

Joel Agee’s debut novel delves into a young boy’s mind in a time of crisis

The Stone World, the first novel from memoirist and translator Joel Agee, tracks the burgeoning consciousness of a boy living with his parents in 1940s Mexico. Agee, son of legendary writer James Agee, depicts a world of émigré artists who teach the protagonist about art, politics, and community.

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Without Fear or Condescension

Autistic actor Mickey Rowe celebrates difference

Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Actor’s Journey to Broadway’s Biggest Stage is Mickey Rowe’s memoir of growing up with autism and his barrier-breaking career. Rowe will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 16.

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Rough and Rowdy

Elizabeth Elkins sorts fact from fiction about Nashville’s Timothy Demonbreun

The record is full of gaps when it comes to the life of Timothy Demonbreun, the French Canadian fur trader who has come to be known as Nashville’s first resident. Elizabeth Elkins goes about getting the story straight in We Should Soon Become Respectable, a lively, well-researched history of a mysterious man.

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A Mystery Set to Music

Parton and Patterson tell a Nashville story in Run, Rose, Run

In Run, Rose, Run, Dolly Parton and James Patterson collaborate on a story about a frightened young woman escaping a mysterious menace while pursuing a career as a country music singer/songwriter.

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