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"Our Histories of Race and Ethnicity" Special Track at the Southern Festival of Books

For many of us, our ethnic or racial identities are an important part of our expressions of personal and shared histories. As we are reminded every day, the ways in which we perceive our own as well as the identities of others have direct and lasting impact on the health of our communities.
 
With major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Southern Festival of Books presents “Our Histories of Race and Ethnicity,” a rich and challenging track of sessions examining the ways in which our ethnic and racial identities shape us as individuals and as members of community. Twenty sessions, and more than thirty authors, will explore these topics over the weekend through the lenses of social and political history, memoir, fiction and poetry.
 
Also steering into explorations of immigration, poverty, justice, presidential history and the socially charged history of ethnic identity in the South, these sessions ask you to read and think critically about how we see ourselves and how we see each other.
 
LP = Legislative Plaza. Entrance is at the corner of 6th and Union
NPL = Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St. 
 
Friday, October 14
 
12:00-1:00 pm, LP Room 29
On the Pleasures of Owning Persons: The Hidden Face of American Slavery
Volney Gay in conversation with Alice Randall
 
2:30-3:30 pm, NPL Commons Room
Hush Now, Baby: The Help Becomes Family 
Angela Williams
 
3:00-4:00 pm , NPL Conference Room 2
"Listen to Me: Bold Poetic Voices"
Tiana Clark (Equilibrium), Jordan Rice (Constellarium)
 
Saturday, October 15
 
10:00-11:00 am, LP Room 12
The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African-American Family
Gail Lumet Buckley
 
10:00-11:00 am, LP Room 31 
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South
Beth Macy
 
10:00-11:00 am, War Memorial Auditorium 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir
J.D. Vance 
 
11:00 am-12:00 pm, NPL Auditorium 
"Under the Hood of Terror: Examining the Ku Klux Klan’s Violent History" 
Stanley Nelson (Devil’s Walking: Klan Murders Along the Mississippi in the 1960s), William Rawlings (The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s)
 
12:00-1:00 pm, LP Room 31
Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America
Richard Schweid
 
12:00-1:00 pm, NPL Conf Room 1AB 
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond 
 
1:00-2:00 pm, LP Room 31
"Race and Rhetoric in the Oval Office: the Carter and Clinton Administrations"
Daryl Carter (Brother Bill: President Clinton and the Politics of Race and Class), Dorothy Padgett (Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts)
 
1:00-2:00 pm, LP Room 30 
"Supernatural Interventions: Blending Fantasy and Reality in YA Fiction"
Randi Pink (Into White), Shaun David Hutchinson (We Are the Ants)
 
3:00-4:00 pm, LP Room 31
"What Forgiveness Really Means: Life In and After Prison"
Randall Horton (Hook: A Memoir), Michael McRay (Where the River Bends: Considering Forgiveness in the Lives of Prisoners)
 
4:00-5:00 pm, NPL Conf. Room 1AB
Homegoing: A Novel
Yaa Gyasi 
 
4:00-5:00 pm, LP Room 31 
"Standing Against Oppression: Racial, Historical Violence and Resiliency"
Patrick Phillips (Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America), Jason Ward (Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century)
 
Sunday, October 16
 
12:00-1:00 pm, LP Room 31
"Integrating the Divided City: Nashville During the Civil Rights Movement"
Ansley Erickson (Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits), Andrew Maraniss (Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South)
 
1:00-2:00 pm, LP Room 31
"The Good Fight: Courage and Conscience in the Jim Crow South"
Joseph Beck (My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama), Sally Thomason Palmer (Delta Rainbow: The Irrepressible Betty Bobo Pearson)
 
2:00-3:00 pm, NPL Commons Room 
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram Kendi
 
2:00-3:30 pm, LP Room 29
"Have You Ever Been American? Novels of Outlier Immigrants (Over Time)"
Michelle Hoover (Bottomland: A Novel), Jonathan Rabb (Among the Living), Hirsh Sawhney (South Haven: A Novel)
 
3:00-4:00 pm, LP Room 31
We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emmanuel
Dr. Bernard Powers, Herb Frazier, Marjory Wentworth