Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Of Facts and Fables

Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his mesmerizing debut novel, We Cast a Shadow

Maurice Carlos Ruffin casts a satirical spell in his debut novel, We Cast A Shadow. Its unnamed narrator, driven by fierce love for his son, makes decisions that expose his family to the dangers of a world that may seem dystopian but in fact lies excruciatingly close to our own. Ruffin will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

Read more

Miami Meets Middle America

A Cuban American writer recounts the revelations of her own otherness in white America

In My Time Among the Whites, Jennine Capó Crucet, the American-born daughter of Cuban refugees, describes a childhood spent in the relative cultural comfort of Miami and then, as an adult, her disparate life experiences against the wider American landscape. Crucet will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

Read more

No Closure

Elliot Ackerman’s memoir offers a soldier’s-eye view of conflicts in the Middle East

Elliot Ackerman reveals the complexities and personal costs of war in his memoir, Places and Names. Ackerman will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

Read more

When First Love Could Kill

Helene Dunbar’s new YA novel explores coming of age during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic

In We Are Lost and Found, Helene Dunbar tells the story of three teens navigating the turbulent waters of New York City as the AIDS crisis emerges. Dunbar will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 6; Ya-Hoo Fest in Chattanooga on September 21; and the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.   

Read more

True Memoir of a False Life

A real musician becomes a bogus performer in Sounds Like Titanic

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman recalls her job as a fake concert violinist in her witty memoir, Sounds Like Titanic. Hindman will discuss the book at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

Read more

Living Like a King

Derrick Barnes’ The King of Kindergarten joyously addresses one of childhood’s biggest milestones

Award-winning author Derrick Barnes’ latest book, The King of Kindergarten, celebrates the joy and pride of a child’s first day of school. Barnes will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.  

Read more