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Weike Wang’s Chemistry is a coming-of-age novel set in a science lab

A young scientist navigates the big questions of career, family, and self in the luminous debut novel, Chemistry, by Weike Wang. On June 1 at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Wang will join Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, in a conversation moderated by Ann Patchett.

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ICE Breaker

For the immigrant mother and son of The Leavers, America is in the heart

In Lisa Ko’s new novel, The Leavers, a Chinese-American worker disappears from the life of her eleven-year-old son, who is subsequently adopted by a white couple. Ko will join Weike Wang, author of Chemistry, in a conversation moderated by Ann Patchett. The event will take place at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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A bookseller recalls the excruciating final weeks of a beloved Memphis institution—and looks to a new store’s future

In January of this year, The Booksellers at Laurelwood began the process of liquidating its stock and closing its doors. As a new store rises from its ashes, Chapter 16’s Kathryn Justice Leache remembers the old store and looks toward the new one. It will be called Novel.

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Where Music and Sports Converge

Chuck Klosterman flexes his singular voice in a new nonfiction collection

Chuck Klosterman X collects some of the journalist’s writing about sports, music, and topics as disparate as zombies and steroids in a book the subtitle describes as “A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century.” Klosterman will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. on May 23.

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Ghosts of Nashville

John Prine talks about songwriting, Nashville, Paradise, and his new book, Beyond Words

John Prine’s first official songbook, Beyond Words, collects sixty of his influential songs. It also offers a treasure trove of family photographs, song manuscripts, and short commentaries that highlight the singer’s incisive wit.

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A Pox on Both Their Houses

Emily Henry’s A Million Junes is a not-quite familiar tale of lovers from feuding families

Emily Henry’s second novel, A Million Junes, gives a new twist to the Romeo and Juliet story. Henry will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 19, in conversation with Nashville YA authors David Arnold and Jeff Zentner, at 6:30 p.m.

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