Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Booty, Booty, Booty, Booty, Rockin’ Everywhere

Ann Powers examines popular music’s propensity for sexual healing

In her new book, Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers details the history of erotic power in American popular music. Powers will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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When Piggly-Wiggly Met Pigskin

Wylie McLallen recovers the forgotten history of football in Memphis

In Tigers by the River, Wylie McLallen tells the tale of the first Memphis Tigers, a professional football squad of the late 1920s and early 1930s.

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When Literature is a Lifeline

At nineteen, Clay Byars became a writer after a stroke left him unable to talk

In Will & I, Sewanee alum Clay Byars joins the ranks of memorable memoirists facing disability with remarkable courage. He will discuss Will & I at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 22 at 2 p.m.

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Twenty-Nine—and Counting

Humanities Tennessee introduces a stellar lineup for the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books

Humanities Tennessee has announced a roster of award-winning, bestselling authors to headline the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books, which will take place in Nashville October 13-15. It’s shaping up to be our best year yet!

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Before and After

Roxane Gay confronts the truth of her obesity in Hunger

In Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay tells the story of how and why she became morbidly obese and explores what it’s like to live in a body the world feels entitled to judge. Gay will discuss Hunger at the Blair School of Music in Nashville on July 13, at 6:15 p.m.

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Original Story

Michael E. Williams looks at spiritual storytelling from Genesis to Jesus to us

In Spoken into Being, Michael E. Williams explores the origins of our stories and their creative potential. Williams will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 8 at 2 p.m.

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