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Celebrating the remarkable life of Sigourney Cheek, our new Literary Garden will offer Cheekwood’s guests a place to seek solace and inspiration with a gorgeous view of the Tennessee hills. The amphitheater setting was specially designed to host poetry and book readings for groups of up to 40 people, with additional space for receptions and other social gatherings. 

Literary Programming | 2012


Annotations: Authors @ Cheekwood
4th Sunday of each month, May through September – 3:00pm

an·no·ta·tion - to furnish a literary work with critical commentary or explanatory notes
In celebration of the opening of the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden, Cheekwood invites Nashville’s community of readers and book lovers to visit each month for a series of literary events in the garden. Join us as celebrated local authors share their stories, describe their process, and offer ‘behind-the-text’ accounts of their works. Space is limited, please RSVP by calling 615-353-9827. This program is offered in partnership with Parnassus Books. 

May 27 – Gary Slaughter, Cottonwood Summer ’45
June 24 – David Haskell, The Forest Unseen
July 22 – Marshall Chapman, They Came to Nashville
August 26 – Ridley Wills, Nashville Streets and their Stories
September 23 – Alice Randall, Ada’s Rules


Dr. David Haskell:
Named Sewanee's Tennessee Professor of the Year, Dr. Haskell is a renowned biologist who has received praise from such scientific greats as E.O. Wilson. His work, The Forest Unseen, studies the ecosystem in one square meter of forest in Shakerag Hollow over the span of one year and uses this information to reflect on the state and health of the forest as a whole.

Marshall Chapman:
Chapman, a Nashville musical treasure who has created well-known albums such as "Jaded Virgin" (1978) and penned such hits as "Betty's Bein' Bad", returns with another fantastic book after her memoir, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller. In her new book, They Came to Nashville, Chapman interviews other Nashville superstars about how they came to Music City

Ridley Wills:
A Nashville native and a member of one of Nashville's oldest families, Ridley Wills is one of the most knowledgeable local historians. In his most recent book, Nashville Streets & Their Stories, he tackles the history of Nashville street by street, telling fascinating anecdotes about events that occurred on those streets and historical figures who lived there, often speaking from personal knowledge and experience.

Alice Randall:
Alice Randall is a well-known author of New York Times bestsellers such as The Wind Done Gone. Her new novel, Ada's Rules, is the story of how Ada Howard, a busy preacher's wife, regains control of her weight, and in the process of doing so, gains a new outlook on life as well. 

4th Saturday of each month, May through September – 11:00am

Join us the 4th Saturday of every month for an exploration into the wide world of literature! Using songs, dance, and interactive reading, seasoned storyteller Rachel Sumner will bring your favorite nature-themed books to life. Programs are scheduled from May through September and meant for ages 2-8 years with an adult. Weather permitting, Garden Tales takes place outdoors in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Monthly Themes:
May 26 – Seeds & Flowers
June 23 – Caterpillars & Butterflies
July 28 – Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
August 25 – Garden Friends
September 22 – Autumn Adventures

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