Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Remembering Robert Johnson

Brother Robert provides a human perspective on the man who changed American music

Assisted by journalist and historian Preston Lauterbach, 94-year-old Annye C. Anderson describes growing up in Memphis with her stepbrother, Robert Johnson. This detail-rich oral history recounts the famous bluesman from his earliest childhood to his death at 27, along with the long legal battle for his music that followed.

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Be Brave or Be Crazy

Nashville writer and musician Rob Rufus examines the anger and fear of American youth in 1968

In The Vinyl Underground, a young adult novel by Nashville writer and musician Rob Rufus, 17-year-old Ronnie Bingham is reeling from the death of his beloved older brother in Vietnam and terrified of following in his footsteps.  

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Designing an Interior Life

Co-founder of Blackberry Farm Kreis Beall recounts her journey toward authenticity

In The Great Blue Hills of God, hospitality entrepreneur Kreis Beall describes how she embraced simplicity and renovated her soul.

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An Intimate Conversation

Jenn Shapland’s memoir explores the relationship between a writer and her subject

After discovering Carson McCullers’ correspondence with love interest Annemarie Clarac-Schwarzenbach, writer Jenn Shapland set off on a journey to learn more about McCullers, and in doing so, about herself. She tells the story of the journey in My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir. Shapland will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 5 and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 7.

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Beyond Hemingway

Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence uncovers the hidden history of Franco’s Spain

Ruta Sepetys’ riveting fourth novel, The Fountains of Silence, shines light on yet another story the world has conspired to forget. Sepetys will discuss the book at the Nashville Public Library on October 1.

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Lies of Omission

Secrets affect three generations of a family in Bethlehem

A wife finds that her husband’s family mansion contains old secrets and new temptations in Karen Kelly’s Bethlehem.

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