Reader Meet Writer: Margaret Renkl, Graceland, at Last


The Snail is pleased to have *signed copies* of this new book by Tennessee/Alabama writer Margaret Renkl. Order below.

This virtual event is offered by The Snail on the Wall in partnership with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Admission is free, but you must register. 


Thursday, September 16, 6:00 pm CST

About Graceland, At Last:
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. 

About Margaret Renkl:
Margaret Renkl is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. 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. Her book Late Migrations was a Read with Jenna/TODAY Show book club selection. She lives in Nashville. 

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Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311849
Availability: Ready for delivery or usually ships in 3-5 days
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313836
Availability: Ready for delivery or usually ships in 3-5 days
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 30th, 2021