Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Not Just Another Word

Jefferson Cowie explores the troubling history of racist anti-statism in the South

With Freedom’s Dominion, Jefferson Cowie spins a dark, intricate tale of white, racist, anti-statist ideas of freedom in Alabama, revealing a sprawling history — stunning in its scope — of white resistance to federal power.

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Souled Out

Thomas Healy chronicles the creation of a planned Black city in 1970s North Carolina 

In Soul City, Thomas Healy tells the epic, tragic, and potent story of founding a new, Black-oriented community in 1970s North Carolina. Healy will discuss Soul City at a virtual event held on Facebook Live, on the page of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, on November 15.

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Rye Wit

Clay Risen talks about death, history, and the rebirth of America’s first spirit

Clay Risen’s American Rye presents a comprehensive guide to a uniquely American spirit. As with his previous books on bourbon and scotch, Risen explains the evolution and making of rye whiskey before offering reviews and tasting notes on 225 contemporary expressions of the spirit.

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Power to Harm and to Heal

A veteran religion writer considers the changing church 

In Reorganized Religion, journalist Bob Smietana examines the evolution of America’s Christian institutions.

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History in the Making

Poet Alora Young makes a triumphant debut with Walking Gentry Home

In Walking Gentry Home, poet Alora Young crafts a family history from the stories passed down through generations.

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Fertile Ground for Art

Suzanne Stryk’s The Middle of Somewhere travels outward and inward

Suzanne Stryk’s The Middle of Somewhere leads us through mosquito clouds and dusty barns, inviting us to witness flow and change, the endangered and the enduring, the gone and the going away.

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