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by Fred W. Sauceman
6 p.m. Thursday, August 15 at the Tennessee State Museum
In August, the Tennessee Book Club will celebrate the South’s rich culinary history in partnership with the Nashville Public Library! In his book, Buttermilk & Bible Burgers: More Stories from the Kitchens of Appalachia, author Fred Sauceman delivers a tribute to people who are loyal to the land and proud of their culinary heritage. It delves into where and from whom food originates, and how it contributes a cultural identity to Southerners. Following the book club discussion, guests are welcome to join museum staff to view our new exhibit Let’s Eat! Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food.
by Daniel Connolly
6 p.m. Thursday, September 19 at the Tennessee State Museum
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in September, the Tennessee Book Club will be reading The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America. A product of over five years of investigative journalism, Connolly’s narrative immerses readers in the life of a Memphis teen who is an undocumented immigrant as he navigates the college admissions process and the emotional and administrative complexities attached. Following the discussion, guests are welcome to accompany museum staff to view our section on Tennessee immigrants in our Tennessee Transforms gallery.
by Brian Allison
6 p.m. Thursday, October 17 at the Tennessee State Museum
Although Nashville is known for its bold flair, few are aware of the city’s malevolent past. Beheadings, fires, duels, and more await the reader as author Brian Allison illustrates the darker shades of Nashville’s colorful past. From post-Civil War political feuds to Depression-era mass murder, the book explores the criminally fascinating secret history of Music City, USA. If you are interested in hearing chilling tales from Tennessee’s spooky past, plan to attend our Haunted Museum annual ghost story festival the following week on Saturday, October 26th.
Written by various Cherokee storytellers, edited by Barbara Duncan
6 p.m. Thursday, November 21 at the Tennessee State Museum
Join us on November 21st at 6:00pm for our Tennessee Book Club to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Nashville Public Library. We will be reading Living Stories of the Cherokee. In an introductory essay, editor Barbara Duncan writes about the Cherokee storytelling tradition and explains the “oral poetics” style in which the stories are presented. Following the book discussion, you are welcome to join museum staff to visit our exhibit areas that focus on Tennessee’s Native American history.
For more information about the Tennessee Book Club, contact Mamie Hassell at Mamie.Hassell@tn.gov