Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Papers, Please

Daniel Connolly looks at challenges facing the children of immigrants

Reporter Daniel Connolly spent the 2012-2013 school year at Kingsbury High School in Memphis, where Latino teenagers make up nearly fifty percent of the student population. The Book of Isaias is his account of that year. 

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2016 Southern Festival of Books

It was a perfect weekend in October for readers and writers

Whether you missed the festival, or just want a chance to remember the fun, here’s a quick look back at the 28th annual Southern Festival of Books

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A Shared Space, a Holy Ground

As the Southern Festival of Books opens, Jeff Hardin reflects on the power of a community of readers

“I’ve missed the Southern Festival of Books only twice since its founding twenty-eight years ago, and I carry with me many of the voices I first heard there. They are a witness to the shared lives of so many who’ve gone before us, and their voices—their testimonies—remind us as writers and readers to carry on, to keep adding new voices to this celebration.” Poet Jeff Hardin kicks off the Southern Festival of Books, which runs today through Sunday at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Muse of a Different Sort

Beth Macy chronicles race, greed, and family in another true tale from Virginia

macy_truevineBeth Macy’s Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South tells the tale of young African-American boys taken from their sharecropper family in Virginia and made into a circus sideshow that toured the world. Macy will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Scaling the Empathy Wall

In Strangers in Their Own Land, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild finds the heart of the political right

strangers_in_their_own_landThrough a close cultural study conducted in Louisiana, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild sought to explain the deep-seated fears that helped create the current political divide. She will discuss the resulting book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Jefferson Family Values

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf demystify a founding father

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs_ 9780871404428.inddMost Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf explores the ideas, times, and misconceptions about a founding father often described as indecipherable. Gordon-Reed will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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