October 28th at Bastion — tickets on sale now!

Join us at Bastion in Houston Station for an evening of craft cocktails and literary conversation. Ticket price includes The Sewanee Review Fall Issue. (Cocktails not included in ticket price.) Doors open at 6:30. Program begins at 7:15.

The Book Shop will be on-site providing books for purchase.

Introduced by Adam Ross, author of New York Times Bestseller Mr. Peanut, Ladies and Gentlemen, and editor of The Sewanee Review.


About Lisa Taddeo's Three Women

Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.

It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.

Based on years of immersive reporting, and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is a groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in today’s America, exposing the fragility, complexity, and inequality of female desire with unprecedented depth and emotional power. It is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy, that introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.


About Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter


“Brilliantly written. . . . Outstanding.” - The New York Times Book Review

Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.

past events


open house & open mic

august 23 at the Porch Headquarters

Join us for drinks, snacks, and readings from some of our instructors, followed by an open mic! Doors open at 5:30, open mic sign-up at 6:15, readings from 6:30-7:45. 5 minute time limit per reader, please.

june 12th — EKPHRASTIC: A celebration of a year at oz


Get EKPHRASTIC with us and OZ Arts on Tuesday, June 12! Join a multi-arts community to hear new poetry, personal essays, and works of fiction inspired by the performances experienced at OZ this season. A Year at OZ writers share their selections in this casual evening packed with fresh creative voices. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. 

*ekphrastic (adj.): refers to a form of writing, often poetry, wherein the author details another work of art, usually visual. It is used to convey the deeper symbolism of the corporeal art form by means of a separate medium. From the Greek ekphrasis or description.

When: Wednesday, June 12th — 6 to 8 pm

Where: OZ Arts Nashville — 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir, Nashville, Tennessee 37209


june 18 — poetry to the people book truck tour (and tin house party!)


This June, House Of SpeakEasy and Narrative 4 will embark on an 1,800-mile road trip from New York City to New Orleans, delivering books to underserved communities and partnering along the way on workshops, story exchanges, readings, and more. The tour will depart from Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Thursday, June 13.

The book truck will be making stops in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Floyd County, *Nashville*, Jackson, Arnaudville, and Lafayette. The trip will conclude in New Orleans to coincide with the start of Narrative 4’s annual Global Summit and will feature a special book giveaway and program at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Sunday, June 23.

The book truck will hit Nashville on June 18! Join us at Porch HQ for readings including Nashville's own Meg Wade and TJ Jarrett, a conversation with Tin House founder Rob Spillman, and more. Beverages and light snacks provided. FREE! (Rsvp via Eventbrite is appreciated.)

When: Tuesday, June 18 at 6pm

Where: Porch HQ—2811 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204