Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Singing the Storms Away

In Lorraine, Ketch Secor and Higgins Bond spin a tale about the power of music

Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor and illustrator Higgins Bond discuss their new picture book, Lorraine.

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Going to Meetin’

There’s nothing like the connections that bring writers and readers together at the Southern Festival of Books

Here it is, finally, the day when writers and readers throng into Nashville on an October weekend seeking fellowship and elevation of the spirit and news and gossip. But especially old friends and new books.

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An Idea No One Considered Making an Argument Against

Kevin Powers, author of the acclaimed Iraq War novel The Yellow Birds, returns with A Shout in the Ruins

“The truth has a funny way of making its way in the world,” writes Kevin Powers in his new novel, A Shout in the Ruins, which explores painful truths about the human impulse toward violence and empire. Powers will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Black in Appalachia

Karida Brown explores the way ideas of home have shaped an oft-overlooked population

In Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia, Karida L. Brown recovers the remarkable story of how black Appalachians defined themselves and their home in the coal-mining towns of Kentucky during the broad middle of the twentieth century. Brown will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Something More than Noir

The assassination of JFK launches Lou Berney’s new thriller

Against the backdrop of November 1963, crime novelist Lou Berney spins a gripping tale of two lovers on the lam from very different threats. Berney will discuss November Road at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14 at Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Mastering the Arts

B.A. Shapiro’s The Collector’s Apprentice pays homage to both modern painting and the ancient craft of the hustle

The young heroine of B.A. Shapiro’s latest novel, The Collector’s Apprentice , loves Post-Impressionism, but to achieve the life of her dreams she has to learn the lower arts of deception and subterfuge. Shapiro will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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