But if books and visiting authors are more your speed, you can waste the workday just as effectively at the Chapter16.org site. At Humanities Tennessee's mothership for all things literary from Memphis to Bristol, editor Margaret Renkl has new reviews, previews and author profiles going up every day as the countdown to the Southern Festival of Books begins. Among the articles posted recently:
• Lyda Phillips on Sarah McCoy's World War II novel The Baker's Daughter: "[It] opens with a provocative image: 'In the kitchen, bundled dough mounds as white and round as babies lined the countertop and filled the space with the smell of milk and honey and promises of a full tomorrow.' ”
• Ed Tarkington interviews revered author Bobbie Ann Mason: “ 'I don't always decide what to work on next,' Bobbie Ann Mason says of the writing process. 'Something may come along and I am into it before I realize it. It has to come to me, unbidden.' ”
• Todd Dills reviews John F. Baker Jr.'s The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: "Baker brings alive both antebellum and post-bellum life on a quintessentially Middle Tennessee plantation, tightly weaving throughout the quality of urgency that has characterized his life's pursuit."
All three authors will appear at October's festival. Watch Chapter16.org each day for new content.