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Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South with Margaret Renkl

Graceland, At Last by Margaret Renkl
Event date: 
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Virtual event on Zoom

Avid Bookshop is excited to present Margaret Renkl in celebration of her newest book, Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South. This is a part of the Reader Meet Writer author series hosted by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). Author Wiley Cash is the host. This virtual author event will take place on Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 7pm-8pm EST via SIBA's Zoom account. To attend, register here

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.

A note for those of you who've attended our virtual events in the past: we're doing this one in partnership with other independent booksellers in SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance), so you won't see Avid ticketing options below the way you're used to. Rather, you'll sign up here and get information about the event from our organizing partner, SIBA. 


“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.


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.

Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311849
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021

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