Kicking and Punching and Straining for the Sky

Jim Ridley—Nashville Scene editor and passionate champion of literature—died on Friday at age fifty

by Margaret Renkl

April 10, 2016 Jim Ridley’s love for Middle Tennessee, especially the arts in Middle Tennessee, was innate, lifelong, and absolutely unwavering. His death on April 8, 2016, left a hole this community will never fill.

Published Sunday, 10 April 2016

Young Magic

From the stage to the page, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate shines

by Erica Ciccarone

March 28, 2016 Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate, has just published her debut collection. this is our war sparkles with imagery and wisdom that will stay with you long after you close the book. Mukhopadhyay will read from it at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 1, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Monday, 28 March 2016

I Worry

A primer on what can go wrong in writing a novel

by Susannah Felts

March 11, 2016 I worry that I’ll never finish. I worry that I’ll finish a draft and never revise it. I worry that I’ll finish the book and no agent will pick it up. I worry that an agent will pick it up and fail to sell it and then dump me. I worry that it will sell and get bad reviews. I worry that it will sell and get no reviews. I worry—

Published Friday, 11 March 2016

Calling All Writers

A spring bounty of writers’ workshops and festivals is being offered across Tennessee

by Liz Garrigan

March 1, 2016 As Leo Tolstoy wrote in his masterpiece Anna Karenina, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” That’s certainly true for literary culture across Tennessee, where abundant book festivals and writers’ workshops will welcome poets, authors, aspiring writers, and students. Here’s a guide to upcoming events across the state.

Published Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Little Bookstore That Could

With the launch of Star Line Books, Star Lowe celebrates her faith in Chattanooga readers

by Tina Chambers

February 2, 2016 Star Line Books, Chattanooga’s only independent bookstore, opened last August just across Market Street from the famed Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Owner Star Lowe is passionate about books, her customers, and the Chattanooga community. She only wishes she had more time to read.

Published Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Be Curious. Be Brave. And Don’t Get Bangs.

Reese Witherspoon gives young women a road map for finding their own future

by Reese Witherspoon

December 14, 2015 Sometimes I think about all the things I wish I could tell my younger self—things like, “Don’t give in to peer pressure,” and “Don’t get bangs just because your friend Ashley did,” and “Don’t go to that party at Maggie’s house sophomore year—everyone’s going to make bad decisions and turn on you, and you’ll have to call your mom to pick you up.” But since it’s too late for me, I figured I should tell you a few things.

Published Monday, 14 December 2015

An Irrepressible Phenomenon

Remembering Memphis novelist Mark Behr, who died on November 27

by Marshall Boswell

December 11, 2015 Mark Behr’s classes were a thing apart. His students entered his classroom with one identity and finished the semester with another. He was formidable and transformative. On five continents. If you were lucky enough to be one of his students, he routinely promised to destroy you, to fail you, to go for the jugular. To change your life.

Published Friday, 11 December 2015

Shining Our Book-Signal Up Into the Sky

Nashville Public Television revives A Word on Words with new hosts J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott

by Erica Ciccarone

November 23, 2015 With hosts J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott, Nashville Public Television has launched a new format for the late John Seigenthaler’s celebrated author-interview program, A Word on Words.

Published Monday, 23 November 2015

Delicious Words

Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng head to Tennessee to discuss What is the What as part of the 2015 Memphis Reads celebration

by Peggy Burch

October 28, 2015 The story of Valentino Achak Deng’s torturous journey as a “lost boy” of the Sudanese civil war—pursued by lions, vultures, and crocodiles, as well as “human killers”—became the celebrated 2006 novel What Is the What by Dave Eggers. Deng and Eggers are headliners for the 2015 Memphis Reads program, which will offer two free public events on November 4th and 5th.

Published Wednesday, 28 October 2015

A Killer Conference

The Killer Nashville conference brings a human touch back to the hardboiled business of crime writing

by Randy Fox

October 23, 2015 Now in its tenth year, the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference connects writers with agents, editors, and publishers. Killer Nashville will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel on October 29-November 1, 2015. In addition to the ticketed conference, a free public event, Killer Nashville BookCon, will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include author presentations, book signings, exhibitors, and book vendors.

Published Friday, 23 October 2015

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