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Spotlight for the week of December 6

Rhodes College

You may have caught Nashville-based author Ann Patchett’s beautiful essay in Harper’s Magazine last winter about quarantining with an unexpected guest in her home.

That essay gives its title to her new collection of essays, These Precious Days, a collection that plumbs the depths of her experiences to create engaging pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in universal insight. Patchett’s most recent novel, The Dutch House, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Memphis’s very own Novel Bookstore is sponsoring an online book launch with Patchett at 6:30 pm this Tuesday,and access comes with the purchase of Patchett’s book.

On Thursday, December 9 at 6pm, you can join The NewYork Historical Society and Facing History and Ourselves for a conversation with Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, a memoir of growing up as a transracial adoptee and of Chung's search for the truth about herself and her Korean birth parents, which coincided with the birth of her own child. Chung will explore how we construct our identities through the stories we are told and that we tell ourselves. Chung’s memoir was named the best book of 2018 by NPR and Chung is a contributing writer and editor at The Atlantic.

For the links to these and other lifelong learning opportunities in Memphis, please find us on Facebook or check out our website.

Dr. Laura Loth is the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of the French and Francophone Studies program at Rhodes College. She teaches courses in French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and cinema. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. You can email her at lothl@rhodes.edu