Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

True Feeling, Not Magic

An appreciation of Louise Erdrich, recipient of the 2022 Nashville Public Library Literary Award

Louise Erdrich, the 2022 Nashville Public Library Literary Award honoree, will give a free public lecture at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Nashville on November 12 at 10:00.

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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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Discovering the Soil All Over Again

An interview with Museum of Appalachia founder John Rice Irwin

When he died in January 2022, historian John Rice Irwin was described as the “guardian of Appalachia’s past.” In a 2008 interview, he talked with poet Jesse Graves about his family and his life’s work.

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Alien Summer in a Day

Carsen Smith co-authors a new sci-fi thriller for middle-grade readers

Comedy writer Carsen Smith and actor and producer James S. Murray join forces to launch Area 51 Interns, a new middle-grade series. The first book, Alien Summer #1, is on shelves now.

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A Mystery Set to Music

Parton and Patterson tell a Nashville story in Run, Rose, Run

In Run, Rose, Run, Dolly Parton and James Patterson collaborate on a story about a frightened young woman escaping a mysterious menace while pursuing a career as a country music singer/songwriter.

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Speaking Ida’s Truth for a New Generation

Michelle Duster writes a children’s book about her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth, written by Wells’ great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, captures the life and work of the groundbreaking journalist and civil rights advocate.

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