Virtual Event: Margaret Renkl for GRACELAND, AT LAST presented by SIBA

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:00pm

Square Books is pleased to partner with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) to present a moderated Q&A featuring Margaret Renkl for her latest essay collection Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope & Heartache in the American South,

This event is free to attend but registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

Signed copies available (while supplies last). Click here to purchase. 

 


About the Book

An Indie Next Selection for September 2021

For the past four years, Margaret Renkl's columns have offered readers of The New York Times a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope from her home in Nashville. Now more than sixty of those pieces have been brought together in this sparkling new collection.

"People have often asked me how it feels to be the 'voice of the South, '" writes Renkl in her introduction. "But I'm not the voice of the South, and no one else is, either." There are many Souths--red and blue, rural and urban, mountain and coast, Black and white and brown--and no one writer could possibly represent all of them. In Graceland, At Last, Renkl writes instead from her own experience about the complexities of her homeland, demonstrating along the way how much more there is to this tangled region than many people understand.

In a patchwork quilt of personal and reported essays, Renkl also highlights some other voices of the South, people who are fighting for a better future for the region. A group of teenagers who organized a youth march for Black Lives Matter. An urban shepherd whose sheep remove invasive vegetation. Church parishioners sheltering the homeless. Throughout, readers will find the generosity of spirit and deep attention to the world, human and nonhuman, that keep readers returning to her columns each Monday morning.

From a writer who "makes one of all the world's beings" (NPR), Graceland, At Last is a book full of gifts for Southerners and non-Southerners alike.

About the Author

Margaret Renkl is the author of Graceland, At Last and Late Migrations, which was a Read with Jenna/TODAY Show book club selection. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. Her work has also appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Proximity, and River Teeth, among others. She was the founding editor of Chapter 16, the daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina. She lives in Nashville.


The Reader Meet Writer Author Series features bestselling authors and fresh new voices, fiction and nonfiction titles, in an engaging and accessible format. See the schedule below for upcoming events, and click on an event for all the details.

The series was created and is facilitated by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) in partnership with member indie booksellers as a way to connect authors and readers at a time and place all can safely and comfortably gather. Each Reader Meet Writer event is fully moderated and hosted, with plenty of time for author Q & A. Plus, all events are recorded and available to stream at SIBA's Reader Meet Writer TV YouTube channel.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781571311849
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021