Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Never-Ending Risk-Benefit Analysis

Kim Brooks heads to Tennessee to discuss parenthood in the age of fear

In March of 2011, Kim Brooks made a decision that upended her life: she left her four-year-old son buckled into his car seat while she ran into Target to make one quick purchase. The result of the fallout from that decision is Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, which Brooks will discuss at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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The Stories of Emmett Till

Historian Elliott Gorn sifts through the myths of a tragic American murder

In Let the People See, Elliott Gorn combines a gripping narrative of American tragedy with a clear-eyed, sensitive reading of the way the Emmett Till story has acquired different meanings over time. Gorn 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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Gods and Angels and Demons

Dana Chamblee Carpenter ends her Bohemian Trilogy and settles the fate of Satan’s daughter

In Book of the Just, Dana Chamblee Carpenter concludes her story of Mouse, the half-human 700-year-old daughter of Satan, and her fight to avenge a terrible loss and save her brother from their father’s diabolical schemes. Carpenter will appear at two Nashville events: at Parnassus Books on October 7 and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14.

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“Landscape Myopia”

Book Excerpt: Rodeo in Reverse

Oak Ridge poet Lindsey Alexander will read from her new collection, Rodeo in Reverse, at Union Ave. Books on September 27; at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14; and at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville on October 21 at 2 p.m. Rodeo in Reverse won the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize.

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How Close to Hell We’ll Have to Come

In Beautiful Country Burn Again, Ben Fountain dissects the election of 2016

With righteous fury and scathing wit, Ben Fountain’s Beautiful Country Burn Again dissects the monster of American politics in the age of Donald Trump, providing what may stand as the definitive account of the 2016 election. Fountain will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Normal is Boring

Escaping from Houdini, Kerri Maniscalco’s new YA mystery, combines science, magic, and murder

In Kerri Maniscalco’s Escaping from Houdini, magic and mayhem abound as teenager and forensic scientist Audrey Rose Wadsworth investigates a series of grisly murders onboard an ocean liner filled with carnival performers. Maniscalco will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Vanderbilt on September 22, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 24, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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