Greetings From New Nashville: How a Sleepy Southern Town Became “It” City
(Vanderbilt University Press, 2020)
“Consider this fascinating encapsulation of time and place a must-read—not only for Nashvillians seeking self-awareness as a community, but for leaders of every growing city in America.”
—Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink
In 1998, roughly 2 million visitors came to see what there was to see in Nashville. By 2018, that number had ballooned to 15.2 million.
A collection of essays, journalism and poetry chronicling Music City’s rise to prominence, featuring work by Ann Patchett, Margaret Renkl, Ben Folds, Tiana Clark, Zach Stafford, Bobby Allyn and more.
- Read more at the Nashville Scene
- Read an excerpt at Chapter16
- Listen to an interview on Nashville Demystified (podcast)
- Read an interview with Chapter16
People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley
(Vanderbilt University Press, 2018)
“[I]mpeccably curated and edited by Steve Haruch. . . . To read these pieces again, rich in scholarship and suffused with pleasure, is to understand Ridley’s conception of the cinema as an inexhaustible paradise.”
—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Combining a cineaste’s encyclopedic knowledge of film with a child’s sense of wonder, Jim Ridley wrote about movies in a way few others can.
Popular Culture Association Ray and Pat Browne Award for the Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular and American Culture, First Runner-Up, 2019.