Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Mystic Chords of Memory

Jon Meacham sees a hopeful future in America’s past

In The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham examines this country’s history of division and finds optimism in the way Americans have responded to trying times. Meacham will appear in conversation with Governor Bill Haslam at Montgomery Bell Academy on May 12.

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A Story in Every Plate, a Plate in Every Story

Rick Bragg is back with another family memoirthis time with recipes

Rick Bragg’s subject in The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table is the family’s foodways—its long legacy of Southern cooking, its relationship with food through hard times and flush seasons, the recipes handed down generation upon generation. Bragg will appear at Novel in Memphis on May 7 and at the Nashville Public Library on May 8.

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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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