Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Democracy’s Double-Edged Sword

Kellie Carter Jackson explains how black abolitionists employed the political language of violence

In Force and Freedom, historian Kellie Carter Jackson places black abolitionists at the center of the coming of the Civil War. She speaks at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on November 14.

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Overdoing a Good Thing

In Overdoing Democracy, Robert B. Talisse makes the case for stepping back from the maelstrom of politics

Robert B. Talisse’s Overdoing Democracy explains how our national addiction to politics is undermining the purposes for which democracy was conceived. Talisse will discuss the book at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in Nashville on November 21.

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Love Story

Joy Jordan-Lake’s A Crazy-Much Love explores the irrepressible love of parents for their adopted child

Joy Jordan-Lake’s debut picture book, illustrated by Spanish illustrator Sonia Sánchez, is about the “crazy-much love” two parents have for their adopted child and the profound love all parents hold for their children.  

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A Bright Shining Lie

Andrew Maraniss discusses his new book for young readers about the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin

Andrew Maraniss’ new YA nonfiction book, Games of Deception, recounts the experiences of the first U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1936, when Hitler put on a grand show to hide his plans for war. Maraniss will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 5 and Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in Nashville on November 30.

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Music From Many Roots

A companion book elegantly encapsulates the documentary series Country Music

Country Music: An Illustrated History, a companion book to the PBS documentary series Country Music, chronicles country’s evolution and emergence as a musical form with broader reach and inclusion than many might think.

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A Boy and His Hero

Bill Gubbins recalls an extraordinary 1969 encounter with Frank Zappa

The Hot Rats Book tells the story of how, through an unlikely series of events, 19-year-old Bill Gubbins was invited to photograph the 1969 Hot Rats recording session and camp out in Frank Zappa’s Los Angeles home.

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