Book Excerpt: Rick Bragg's My Southern Journey

“My Brother’s Garden”

by Rick Bragg

October 7, 2015 “I listen for the past, but I cannot hear it. The juke joints fall silent, cotton mills wind down to a final, solitary thread, and a last buck dancer shuffles off into the mountain mist. Then I see my brother Mark in his garden, and know that not everything must fade away.” Rick Bragg will discuss My Southern Journey on October 10, 2015, at noon in Conference Room 1 of the Nashville Public Library. The event, part of the Southern Festival of Books, is free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Mapping the Pathways of the Heart

Phyllis Tickle, influential religious writer and publisher, has died at her home in Lucy

by Margaret Renkl

October 2, 2015 Phyllis Tickle, influential author of more than two dozen books about faith and religion, died of lung cancer on September 22, 2015, at her home in Lucy, Tennessee. She was eighty-one.

Published Friday, 2 October 2015

Musical Journey

NPR’s Fiona Ritchie talks with Chapter 16 about her new book on the evolution of Appalachian music

by Michael Ray Taylor

October 2, 2015 In a book that includes lavish illustrations and a twenty-track CD, Fiona Ritchie, creator and host of the long-running public radio program The Thistle and Shamrock, and Doug Orr, founder of the Swannanoa musical workshops, have produced an authoritative history of traditional American music. The pair will discuss Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 9-11, 2015.

Published Friday, 2 October 2015

Time Marches On

Songwriter Bobby Braddock talks with Chapter 16 about his new memoir—and fifty years on Nashville’s Music Row

by Stephen Trageser

September 30, 2015 In his new memoir Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock looks back over a life that coincides with some of the South’s most significant social and political changes. Braddock will discuss the book at three Nashville events: on October 3, 2015, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; on October 9, 2015, at the Southern Festival of Books; and October 19, 2015, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt.

Published Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Road Master

Paul Theroux turns his keen traveler’s eye upon southern states and the state of all things Southern

by Michael Ray Taylor

September 28, 2015 In a career spanning five decades, Paul Theroux has produced fifty-one books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Mosquito Coast, The Great Railway Bazaar, and other notable titles. In his new book he chronicles extensive travels through the American South. Theroux will discuss Deep South during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Monday, 28 September 2015

A Kind of Meditation

Ruth Reichl talks with Chapter 16 about the healing powers of the kitchen

by Nicki Pendleton Wood

September 24, 2015 Ruth Reichl was devastated when the magazine she edited, Gourmet, shut down. Where does a food writer go when there’s nowhere to go? The kitchen, of course. Reichl’s first cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life, chronicles her rediscovery of the pleasures of cooking. Reichl will discuss the book at the Nashville Public Library on October 1, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Thursday, 24 September 2015

You Will Be OK Again

Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess, talks with Chapter 16 about koalas, “voodoo vaginas,” and mental illness

by Faye Jones

September 21, 2015 Fans of Jenny Lawson’s blog—and her first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened—know to expect an offbeat and raucous view of the world. Lawson doesn’t disappoint in Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, which addresses the author’s lifelong struggle with depression. Lawson will appear at the Nashville Public Library on September 30, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Monday, 21 September 2015

Glowing with Promise, Rotting from Within

David Maraniss chronicles eighteen months in the history of Detroit, when the city was at its peak

by Aram Goudsouzian

September 16, 2015 In Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story, David Maraniss weaves together the city’s key stories during the early 1960s: Ford’s unveiling of the Mustang, the liberal dreams of labor leaders and politicians, the civil-rights movement and its discontents, and the glory of Motown. Maraniss will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Fabric of Our Economy

Sven Beckert talks with Chapter 16 about how the history of cotton explains the origin of modern capitalism

by Clay Risen

September 11, 2014 History is often told through the stories of wars, famines, and presidents, but as Harvard historian Sven Beckert shows in his new book, it can also be told through a simple, everyday crop: cotton. Beckert will discuss Empire of Cotton at Rhodes College in Memphis on September 17, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Published Friday, 11 September 2015

Terror in Oxford

In Riot, Edwin E. Meek’s photographs document the 1962 mob violence at Ole Miss

by Maria Browning

September 10, 2015 In the fall of 1962, James Meredith’s arrival at Ole Miss as its first African-American student sparked mob violence that left two people dead and scores injured. Riot: Witness to Anger and Change, a collection of photographs by Edwin E. Meek, documents the violence and the mood of the time that brought it about. Meek will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 10 September 2015

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