Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Hidden Homelessness

Richard Schweid considers the plight of homeless families in Invisible Nation

schweid_invisible-nation-jacket-imageIn his ninth book, Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America, Richard Schweid surveys the plight of homeless children in five cities and considers possible solutions. Schweid will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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We Back Pat

In The Final Season, Maria Cornelius recounts the farewell tour of legendary coach Pat Summitt

maria-cornelius-the-final-seasonAfter being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Pat Summitt coached the Lady Vols for one more year. She didn’t want “a pity party,” but she couldn’t stop the outpouring of adulation she received from her countless fans. In The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt , Maria Cornelius recounts the emotional conclusion to the most influential career in the history of women’s basketball. Cornelius will discuss The Final Season at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 30 at 5:30 p.m.

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The Past Is Never Past

Memphis detective Billy Able looks for a murderer close to home in Lisa Turner’s new mystery

devil-sent-the-rain-pbWhen a local attorney is found dead behind the wheel of her car and wearing her wedding gown, Memphis’s top detectives Billy Able and Frankie Malone are called to the scene. Lisa Turner will discuss her new mystery, Devil Sent the Rain, at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Out of Time

Beth Revis’s latest YA novel features a desperate time traveler

a-world-without-you-hi-res-jacket-art“It’s dangerous to dwell in the past. You don’t have to be a time traveler to know that,” says the protagonist of A World Without You, the latest YA novel by Beth Revis. As it happens, this character is a time traveler, so he would know. Revis will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Waiting for Katrina

Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones is the 2016 Memphis Reads selection

salvagethebonesSalvage the Bones, a National Book Award winner, is the featured title for this year’s Memphis Reads program, and author Jesmyn Ward will be in Memphis to discuss the novel, which is narrated by a pregnant fifteen-year-old whose destitute family faces the arrival of Hurricane Katrina. Ward will speak at Christian Brothers University on September 28 at 7 p.m., and at Rhodes College on September 29 at 6 p.m.

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Man of the Streets

In Robert Walker Corey Mesler imagines his way into the life of a homeless man

robert-walker-cover1In his novel Robert Walker, Corey Mesler gives readers a glimpse into the mind and heart of a homeless man wandering the streets of Memphis. Mesler will discuss Robert Walker at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on September 29 at 5:30 p.m.

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