Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Eye of the Beholder

Ottessa Moshfegh discusses beauty, humor, and the ecstasy she finds in writing

By turns provoking and illuminating, Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation speaks to our modern anxieties and absurdities, revealing what endures inside us no matter how we try to numb or distract ourselves. Ottessa Moshfegh will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on Oct. 11-13.

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Courting Jim Crow

Steve Luxenberg chronicles the characters behind Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court decision that sanctioned racial segregation

In Separate, Steve Luxenberg provides a rich, multi-layered narrative of race in 19th-century America, culminating with the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case. Luxenberg will discuss Separate at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Writing and Religion

Belle Boggs’ novel The Gulf is a wry takedown of the for-profit school scene

In The Gulf, Belle Boggs pits a money-strapped poet against an evangelical organization with a mission to make money. Boggs will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Real-Life Applications

Scott Hylbert’s debut thriller is scary because its implications are so authentic.

In the age of Craigslist killers, illicit mail-order drugs, and cryptocurrencies, debut Nashville author Scott Hylbert renders a thriller about a Silicon Valley service-for-hire startup that’s chilling in its implications.

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Polished Jewels

Margaret Renkl weaves personal and natural history in Late Migrations

Margaret Renkl surveys the natural world and her personal history in Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. The author will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 9 and at eight other events around the state in the weeks to come.  

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Never at Home

The characters in Michael Croley’s debut collection struggle to find their place

In Michael Croley’s debut story collection, quiet people wrestle with the deepest human questions. Croley will discuss Any Other Place at Novel in Memphis on June 30.

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