Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Seeing Through the Fog

Evil haunts every corner of Erica Waters’ The Restless Dark

In Erica Waters’ The Restless Dark, three young women navigate an insidious landscape, the true-crime podcast-loving people around them, and their own darkest impulses. Erica Waters will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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Portrait of the Artists

Ada Calhoun’s Also a Poet takes on entwined familial and artistic legacies

When Ada Calhoun undertakes the task of completing a literary biography of Frank O’Hara — a project that had stumped her art critic father decades earlier — she engages complex dynamics of familial angst and artistic ambition, which she details in Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me. Calhoun will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on Oct. 14-16.

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Saving Magic

Novelist Megan Giddings explores the intersection of gender and power

Megan Giddings’ second novel, The Women Could Fly, employs dystopia and fantasy to examine the most pressing issues that curb women’s autonomy. Giddings will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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We’re Back, Baby!

A booklover’s guide to the Southern Festival of Books

The festival is about love. Love for the beautiful words that move and delight us, love for the authors who put those words on paper and screen, and love for the culture and community of the book.

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What’s Most Sacred

Cemeteries reveal the good, bad, and ugly sides of U.S. history

In Over My Dead Body, author Greg Melville leads readers on a fascinating journey through time by means of the burial grounds and death practices of the United States from colonial Jamestown to the present day. Greg Melville will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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Everybody Has to Do Something

The effects of climate change endanger the lives of four teens

“Nature can take care of itself,” proclaims a climate change denier in Alan Gratz’s latest middle-grade thriller, Two Degrees. But by the end of the story, Gratz and his four teenage protagonists have made a strong case that the opposite is true. Alan Gratz will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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