Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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Dodging Cars and History

S.J. Dahlman traces Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road through modern Appalachia

In A Familiar Wilderness, S.J. Dahlman, a journalist and professor at Milligan College, hikes the route of Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road. Dahlman will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 30.

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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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Missions Matter

Janet Napolitano takes stock of the nation’s youngest cabinet department

In How Safe Are We?, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano delivers a report card on our shared commitment to protecting the nation. Napolitano will appear in conversation with former Governor Phil Bredesen at the Nashville Public Library on June 24.  

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The Crooked Road to a Musical Legacy

Terry Klefstad chronicles the life and legacy of musician Bill Pursell

Crooked River City, Terry Wait Klefstad’s biography of musician and composer Bill Pursell, considers his influence on the Nashville Sound.

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High Water

The Gone Dead is a blues novel that’s out to summon ghosts

In Chanelle Benz’s debut novel The Gone Dead, a woman arrives in the Mississippi Delta to claim her inheritance — and stays to solve the mystery of her father’s death. Benz will discuss The Gone Dead at Novel in Memphis on June 25

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