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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 Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South.  In this new collection Renkl writes 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.

Join BPL for an evening with Margaret Renkl, where she'll be in discussion on her new book with New York Times Opinion Editor Peter Catapano .

Margaret Renkl is the author of Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South and Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. 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. The founding editor of Chapter 16, a daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina, she lives in Nashville.

Peter Catapano has been an editor in the New York Times Opinion section since 2005, where he has created several online series, including The Stone, a philosophy series, and Disability, a platform for authors living with disabilities. He is the recipient of a Times Publisher's Award and the co-editor of four volumes of essays, including “About Us," selected writing from the Disability series, and the forthcoming “Question Everything: A Stone Reader.” He is a Brooklyn native, a graduate of Cornell University, and a devotee of BPL’s annual Night of Philosophy. 


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