Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Floating Prison or Tropical Paradise?

In Islandology, Marc Shell explores the dynamic history of lands surrounded by water

In Islandology, Marc Shell uses Shakespeare’s Hamlet as the key to unlocking lessons hidden in the way nations describe their homeland. Shell will give a free public lecture at Rhodes College in Memphis on March 15.

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Hacking Religion

Humor and wit are the most sacred virtues in Rami Shapiro’s Holy Rascals

“God is real. Everything we say about God is made up,” writes Rami Shapiro in his new book, Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries. Shapiro will appear at two Nashville events this month: at Parnassus Books on March 14 and at the Scarritt Bennett Center on March 24.

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Goin’ to Memphis Where the Beat is Tough

Robert Gordon’s Memphis Rent Party captures the grit and heart of the blues

Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music’s Hometown is a fascinating journey through the back alleys and juke joints of Memphis as nonfiction author Robert Gordon searches for musical icons and forgotten heroes. Gordon will appear at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis on March 9, at Earnestine & Hazel’s in Memphis on March 10, and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 17.

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On Account of Sex

In The Woman’s Hour, Elaine Weiss dissects the battle for women’s right to vote

Elaine Weiss’s The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote is a riveting history of the battle to secure voting rights for American women. Weiss will discuss The Woman’s Hour at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 6, and at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on March 8.

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Trading Mystery for Intrigue

Body Farm co-author Jon Jefferson raises the stakes with a new thriller, Wave of Terror

Jon Jefferson, half the mystery-writing team known collectively as Jefferson Bass, switches gears from forensic mystery to scientific intrigue in his new novel, Wave of Terror. Jefferson will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 4, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 7, and at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on March 8.

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The Long Arc of History

Minrose Gwin’s new novel tells a tale of racism in the aftermath of natural disaster

On April 5, 1936, a massive tornado producing winds greater than 300 miles per hour destroyed half the city of Tupelo, Mississippi, in a matter of minutes, a story Tupelo native Minrose Gwin tells in her latest novel, Promise. Gwin will appear at Novel in Memphis on February 27.

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