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Tara Stringfellow on Memphis with Christine Pride

April 27, 2022

Inspired by the author’s own family history, Tara Stringfellow’s debut novel, Memphis, is a triumphant ode to the power of art in the face of brutality. Tracing three generations of a family constantly redirected by violence, Memphis paints a stark reality of what it means to be Black in the American south. When Joan, the daughter of the family and an aspiring artist, begins to channel her hurt into sketching the women of North Memphis, she begins to paint her own path to healing.

Stringfellow joined writer-editor Christine Pride for an exploration of this brilliant interrogation of dichotomies—police brutality and justice, powerlessness and freedom, fate and forgiveness, doubt and faith, sacrifice and love.


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    Tara M. Stringfellow

    Tara M. Stringfellow

    Poet, former attorney, Northwestern University MFA graduate, and semifinalist for the Fulbright Fellowship, Tara M. Stringfellow has written for Collective Unrest, Minerva Rising, Jet Fuel Review, Women Arts Quarterly Journal, and Apogee Journal, among other publications. After having lived in Okinawa, Ghana, Chicago, Cuba, Spain, Italy, and Washington, D.C., she moved back home to Memphis, where she sits on her porch swing every evening with her hound, Huckleberry, listening to records and chatting with neighbors.

    Photo Credit: Matthew F. Thomas

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    Christine Pride

    Christine Pride

    Christine Pride is a writer, editor, and longtime publishing veteran. She’s held editorial posts at many different trade imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster. As an editor, Christine has published a range of books, with a special emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. As a freelance editorial consultant, she does select editing and proposal/content development, as well as teaching and coaching, and pens a regular column—“Race Matters”—for Cup of Jo. She lives in New York City.

    Photo Credit: Christine Han