Chapter 16
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Falling from Great Heights

In her debut novel, Sunset City, Melissa Ginsburg offers a fresh take on classic noir

SunsetCity hc cMelissa Ginsburg’s debut crime novel, Sunset City, unravels the brutal killing of a porn star while exploring some unexpected side effects of grief. Ginsburg will be at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Dream Images

Erik Reece takes a road trip through America’s experiments in utopian living

Layout 1Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America’s Most Radical Idea chronicles Erik Reece’s search for communities of people who embraced political, economic, social, and environmental “alternatives that now seem impossible but might soon prove inevitable.” Reece will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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A Cruel and Compassionate Hero

James Lee McDonough exposes the many contradictions of William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh Sherman FIN jacket.inddWilliam Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life is James Lee McDonough’s detailed look at a brilliant, multi-faceted soldier who never hesitated to visit the hell of war on his enemies. McDonough will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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A House that Binds

In Angela Flournoy’s first novel, members of a large Detroit clan clash and thrive in a city under stress

The Turner House pbSet in Detroit, Angela Flournoy’s critically celebrated first novel follows the struggles—with relationships, addiction, finances, even a ghost—of thirteen siblings and their parents. Flournoy will discuss The Turner House at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016, and again at the John C. Hodges Library on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville on October 24. Both events are free and open to the public.

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“Bear Witness”

Eqiuilibrium_cover_lgTiana Clark’s debut chapbook, Equilibrium, won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press. Clark is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Vanderbilt University. She will discuss Equilibrium at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on August 25, 2016, at 7 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Joking as a Martial Art

Jason Miller talks with Chapter 16 about his second mystery set in Illinois coal country

Jason Miller, RED DOGIn his latest crime novel, Jason Miller turns his attention to a nasty strain of white supremacy that’s rearing its head again in the economically-challenged parts of rural America. Miller will discuss Red Dog at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Both events are free and open to the public.

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