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“In the Midst of the Heroin Epidemic”

Book Excerpt: In the Months of My Son’s Recovery

Kate Daniels is the author of five collections of poetry, including Four Testimonies and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. She lives in Nashville, where she directs the creative-writing program at Vanderbilt University. “In the Midst of the Heroin Epidemic” will appear in her forthcoming collection, In the Months of My Son’s Recovery, which will be published by Louisiana State University Press on May 15, 2019.

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How Appalachian I Am

Book excerpt: Appalachian Reckoning

Appalachian Reckoning is a collection of regional responses to J.D. Vance’s controversial bestselling memoir, Appalachian Elegy. In this essay from the book, Kingsport native Robert Gipe, author of Trampoline and Weedeater, writes with humor and compassion about the town where he grew up, the industries that made people sick there, and the people he knew. Appalachian Reckoning will be published by West Virginia University Press on March 1, 2019.

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No Accident

Book excerpt: The Current

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene—half frozen but alive. The Current, a new literary thriller by former Memphis novelist Tim Johnston, will be published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill on January 22, 2019.

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Josie and Delia

Book Excerpt: Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee

In Jeff Zentner’s forthcoming YA novel, Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee (coming February 26, 2019, from Crown Books for Young Readers), Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own public access TV show. But the end of senior year is coming, and Josie is torn between pursuing her television dreams in a new city or stay making TV with her BFF.

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Common (Literary) Ground

WriterFest, a new conference in Nashville, celebrates the city’s collaborative spirit

Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty will talk about her new novel, Nine Perfect Strangers on November 9 during WriterFest Nashville. Songwriter Tom Douglas and TV producer Liz Cackowski are also keynote speakers at the event, which brings together writers across genres.

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William Gay

Excerpt: Jesus Crawdad Death

In this excerpt from Jesus Crawdad Death, a new limited-edition chapbook from Third Man Books, Chapter 16’s Betsy Phillips considers the power of an unfinished ghost story by the late Hohenwald novelist William Gay. Phillips will appear at Third Man Records in Nashville on October 28 at 4 p.m.

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