Good Dog

With Smoky Jack, a lost classic of nature writing is finally published after ninety years

by Michael Ray Taylor

June 27, 2016 In the summer of 1925, a young man from Knoxville named Paul Adams established the first permanent camp atop Mt. Le Conte in what would eventually become Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Smoky Jack, written by Adams from his journals, has now been edited and published for the first time. Knoxville editors Ken Wise and Anne Bridges will discuss and sign copies of Smoky Jack at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on July 10, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Monday, 27 June 2016

Rights and Revolutions

Historian Timothy S. Huebner demonstrates how a “culture of constitutionalism” shaped the era of the American Civil War

by Aram Goudsouzian

June 13, 2016 In his engaging new book, Liberty and Union, Rhodes College professor Timothy S. Huebner brings together an enormous body of scholarship on the secession crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction, compelling us to reconsider what we think we know about the era.

Published Monday, 13 June 2016

The Birth of Black Power

Historian Aram Goudsouzian talks with Chapter 16 about the fiftieth anniversary of James Meredith’s March Against Fear

by Clay Risen

June 2, 2016 As Aram Goudsouzian recounts in his book Down to the Crossroads, the Meredith March Against Fear represented a crucial turning point in civil-rights history. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the march, Goudsouzian will discuss Down to the Crossroads at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on June 9, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 2 June 2016

Praise Song

On the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Roots, poet Nikki Giovanni remembers the hope Alex Haley offered at a perilous time

by Nikki Giovanni

May 20, 2016 In the second of a nine-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, poet Nikki Giovanni reflects on the enduring legacy of Alex Haley’s Roots, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1977.

Published Friday, 20 May 2016

Dog Years

A life with pets forms the scaffolding of a new memoir by columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson

by Peggy Burch

May 6, 2016 Syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson will talk about The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years, at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on May 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on May 15, 2016, at 2 p.m. The book chronicles Johnson’s loves, losses, and Mississippi home life by way of the dogs who shared the journey.

Published Friday, 6 May 2016

Giving Recognizable Shape to the Chaos of our Lives

Novelist Lee Smith’s new memoir is a must-read for aspiring writers—and everyone else

by Susannah Felts

May 4, 2016 With thirteen novels and four short-story collections to her credit, Lee Smith is virtually synonymous with Appalachian fiction. In her new memoir-in-essays, Dimestore, she takes readers with her on a tour of the places, people, and experiences that have shaped her life and her writing. Smith will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Let the Truth Show Itself in the Work

Chapter 16 talks with James McBride, author of the 2016 Nashville Reads selection, The Color of Water

by Ed Tarkington

May 2, 2016 Nearly twenty years have passed since the publication of James McBride’s first book, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. The memoir spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to be a regular selection for city-wide programs like Nashville Reads, which will bring James McBride to the Nashville Public Library on May 9, 2016, for a free public reading.

Published Monday, 2 May 2016

The Art of Attention

A new essay collection from the University of Tennessee honors Jeff Daniel Marion, beloved Appalachian poet and teacher

by Sarah Norris

April 28, 2016 Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston celebrates the life and work of Appalachian poet Jeff Daniel Marion. Edited by Jesse Graves, Thomas Alan Holmes, and Ernest Lee, the anthology contains seventeen essays—including an autobiographical essay by Marion himself—an interview with the poet, and a detailed timeline of his life.

Published Thursday, 28 April 2016

Join the Invaders

Shirletta J. Kinchen’s Black Power in the Bluff City explores the history of student activism in Memphis

by Lyda Phillips

April 27, 2016 Shirletta Kinchen’s Black Power in the Bluff City examines the way black youth in Memphis played a pivotal role in creating societal change, both before and after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Hotel in 1968. In the end, the struggle for equality became a children’s crusade, with high-school and college students leading the way.

Published Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Heroes from the Merchant Marine

Journalist William Geroux spotlights the impressive World War II sacrifice of men from small-town Virginia

by Ralph Bowden

April 26, 2016 Mathews County, Virginia, has a long tradition of supplying seafaring men to the Merchant Marine. In The Mathews Men, Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-Boats, William Geroux writes of the exceptional service and sacrifice during World War II of the seamen from Mathews County. He will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville May 3, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 26 April 2016

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