Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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The Crafts of Freedom

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mountaintop speech was more than brilliant rhetorical art; it was also the culmination of a lifetime spent in intense and extensive reading

April 2, 2015 We rightly associate Martin Luther King Jr.’s oratorical eloquence with his vocation as a Baptist minister, following his father and grandfather before him. But King also emerged from the rhetorical tradition of the liberal arts, transforming the sources with which he engaged throughout his too-brief life.

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Much-Needed Reckonings

An accidental food writer looks for lessons from the canon

Maybe part of a food writer’s job is to contribute to much-needed reckonings, whether the topic is race, food justice, climate change, workplace inequity … or genocide and disappearing cultural memory. In that sense, maybe nothing is food writing. Maybe everything is.

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