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Christian Brothers University’s “Fresh Reads” program and the citywide “Memphis Reads” program have selected a locally produced history of the city to celebrate the Memphis bicentennial. Memphis: 200 Years Together brings together local writers and scholars to cover the breadth and depth of Memphis history, politics, culture, business, music, food, religion, sports, and art. From the Chickasaw Indians, the Civil War, and the yellow fever epidemic to the civil rights movement, blues to hip hop, and even a foray into barbeque and basketball, Memphis: 200 Years Together chronicles the triumphs and tragedies from the founding of Memphis to the present.
Rather than one unbroken narrative, the essays in this anthology flow across the Memphis landscape, taking readers on a deep-dive to explore where we have been over the past 200 years, what it has meant, and how it has shaped this city. Edited by Karen B. Golightly, chair of the Literature & Languages Department at CBU’s Rosa Deal School of Arts, and Jonathan Judaken, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes College, Memphis: 200 Years Together also includes writings by Beverly G. Bond, Janann Sherma, Shelby Foote, Timothy S. Huebner, Stephen V. Ash, Molly Caldwell Crosby, G. Wayne Dowdy, Charles L. Hughes, Jennifer Biggs, David Waters, Earnestine Jenkins, Preston Lauterbach, Aram Goudsouzian, Daniel Kiel, Geoff Calkins, and Zandria F. Robinson.
A series of events has been planned to accompany and embellish the annual community reading projects, including:
Fresh Reads is CBU’s first-year summer reading program and is a part of the Memphis community common reading program, Memphis Reads. The program gives new students a common academic experience and connects them with the campus community, as well as the Memphis community. Memphis Reads is a collaboration between Memphis organizations, corporations, and schools that selects one book annually to be read by the Memphis community at large.
For more information on Memphis Reads, visit memphisreadsbook.org. For more information on Memphis: 200 Years Together, or for purchases, please visit susanschadtpress.com, an independent book retailer, or your preferred online book retailer.