Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

New York, By Way of Tennessee

The New York Times celebrates three Tennessee authors: Lydia Peelle, Michael Sims, and Kevin Wilson

For a writer, the Holy Grail of book reviews is a positive notice in The New York Times, the newspaper of record for American literature. In the past month, three Tennessee authors—novelists Lydia Peelle and Kevin Wilson, and nonfiction writer Michael Sims—have found their way into those august pages. 

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An Artificial Village

Book excerpt: Perfect Little World

Kevin Wilson’s second novel, Perfect Little World, will be released on January 24, and he will give readings from it at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on January 24 and Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 26. In this excerpt, Dr. Preston Grind meets a wealthy benefactor with an idea for a research experiment to prove the truth of the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child.

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