Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Past Rising Up

Randall Kenan’s If I Had Two Wings returns to Tims Creek

In Randall Kenan’s new story collection, If I Had Two Wings, men and women often find themselves in bewildering circumstances, caught up in twists of fate that demand a new…

Radical Joy

In Alice Randall’s Black Bottom Saints, a dying man eulogizes the “Black Camelot” of mid-20th-century Detroit 

Alice Randall’s fifth novel, Black Bottom Saints, is the fictional last will and testament of a real-life Motor City culture maven, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson, who emceed at storied show clubs,…

Unconditional Love 101

Alice Faye Duncan’s Just Like a Mama explores the bond between a child and the grandmother raising her

It was in the early 1990s that the story for Alice Faye Duncan’s latest picture book, Just Like a Mama, was born. Fast forward a decade or three, and it…

Gwendolyn Blooms

In her new picture book, Alice Faye Duncan pays tribute to the legendary Gwendolyn Brooks

In her newest picture book, A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks, Memphis children’s author and school librarian Alice Faye Duncan pays tribute to celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American…

Confessions of a Fangirl

With Dead Girls, Alice Bolin navigates fantasy and reality in pop culture and beyond

Dead Girls, the debut essay collection by Memphis nonfiction writer Alice Bolin, trains a feminist lens on a diverse array of cultural and artistic works. From Twin Peaks to Pretty…

A March to the Mountaintop

Alice Faye Duncan’s new picture book tells the story of MLK’s last days in Memphis

Ten years ago, librarian and writer Alice Faye Duncan went to the shelves to find a children’s book on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. for a talk she…