Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Raise More Hell

In Make Trouble, Cecile Richards recounts a life of agitating for justice

In Make Trouble, Cecile Richards shares the lessons she’s learned in a lifetime on the front lines of battles for social change. Richards will appear in conversation with Ann Patchett at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in Nashville on May 9.

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Against Professional Southerners

Southern Writers on Writing, a new essay collection edited by Susan Cushman, offers new answers to an old question

Southern Writers on Writing is not the first attempt to ask what it means to tell about the South, but it is distinguished by the presence of diverse voices, from sage elders like Clyde Edgerton and Lee Smith to rising stars like Julie Cantrell, M.O. Walsh, and Michael Farris Smith. Cushman will join several contributors for a panel discussion at Novel in Memphis on May 5.

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Cold Case

Decades after her uncle’s murder, Dorothy Marcic unravels the killer’s trajectory

To the family she destroyed, Suzanne was the vixen homewrecker. To Dorothy Marcic, she may have been a serial killer. Marcic will discuss With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 3.

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A Kind of Rage

Daniel Wolff’s Grown-Up Anger examines the social impact of American folk music

In Grown-Up Anger, Daniel Wolff looks at the rise and fall of organized labor and folk music’s role in speaking truth to power. Wolff will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 2. Joining him will be musicians Rayna Gellert and Abigail Washburn.

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A Revolution Sown in Fields and Stewed in Kitchens

John T. Edge talks about The Potlikker Papers, the Nashville Reads title for 2018

John T. Edge parses sixty years of Southern history in The Potlikker Papers, the 2018 selection for Nashville Reads, which he’ll discuss at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library on May 1. A panel talk with Caroline Randall Williams, co-author of Soul Food Love, and restaurateurs Sean Brock and Maneet Chauhan will follow.

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Love and Theft

Exploring the idea of an American national literature, Jason Richards finds a complex play of imitations

In Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum US Literature, Rhodes College professor Jason Richards brings theoretical sophistication to close readings of some well-known and not so well-known texts in American literature, showing the complexities of cultural imitation before the Civil War.

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