Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Bon Appetite, Y’all!

Carla Hall turns her international culinary expertise toward her first love—soul food

Soul Food, the third cookbook by Nashville native Carla Hall, is still new, with no stains. But the recipes in the book have been passed down through Southern kitchens on many food-stained recipe cards. Hall will appear in conversation with Kelly Pickler at Parnassus Books in Nashville on December 4.

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Something Beautiful and Exceedingly Difficult

Harrison Scott Key offers a light take on the perils of publication

Harrison Scott Key’s latest book, Congratulations, Who Are You Again?, tells the story of his journey to authorhood and the toll it took on his personal life and emotional health. Plus, there are jokes. Key will appear at Novel in Memphis on November 16.

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Why Elections Matter

Keel Hunt recalls a time when bipartisan politics forged a better Tennessee

In Crossing the Aisle, Nashville reporter Keel Hunt investigates the political conditions that spurred Tennessee’s economic progress during the 1980s and 1990s.

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A Picture of Home, Bittersweet and Ephemeral

Photographer Heidi Ross and writer Ann Patchett capture the essence of the new Nashville—and the ghost of the old city, too

Nashville: Scenes from the New American South, the new coffee-table book from photographer Heidi Ross and writer Ann Patchett, is true to its namesake—a glorious blur of music and lights and smiles and signs and people always on the move. Patchett and Ross will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 13 at 5:30 p.m.

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A Fuller, Deeper Realization of the World

Objects compel attention in the art of Glennray Tutor

Portals provides a stunning selected retrospective of the work of painter Glennray Tutor, as well as an in-depth interview with the artist. Tutor will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on November 11.

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Convictions

Damien Echols guides readers through the spiritual practices that saved him on death row

“You’re already doing magick,” Damien Echols writes in High Magick, his introductory guide to the energy-based spiritual practices that helped him survive eighteen years on death row. Echols will discuss the book at Unity of Nashville on November 8 at 6:15 p.m.

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