Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Roz’s Return

Peter Brown reunites young readers with a beloved character in The Wild Robot Escapes

Author-illustrator Peter Brown returns to Parnassus Books on March 22 to discuss his new middle-grade novel, The Wild Robot Escapes, the much-anticipated sequel to 2016’s The Wild Robot.

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Us Just Killing Ourselves

Robert Gipe’s Weedeater portrays a coal town overrun with opioids

Robert Gipe’s new illustrated novel, Weedeater, brings back Dawn Jewell, the unforgettable protagonist of Trampoline, and adds a second narrator: the laconic title character, a lawn worker who watches the opioid crisis roll through coal country.

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Rugged Country

Min Jin Lee discusses identity, diaspora, and resistance in her novel Pachinko

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, follows a Korean family through four generations of migration, hardship, and survival, telling their interlocking stories in vivid detail. Lee will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 21.

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A Mystic for Our Time

Joel Harrington considers the medieval life of New Age favorite, Meister Eckhart

In Dangerous Mystic, Vanderbilt historian Joel Harrington explores the life of Meister Eckhart, a medieval theologian whose path to God has been embraced by New Age gurus and contemporary self-help writers. Harrington will discuss Dangerous Mystic at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 20 at 6:30 p.m

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Strange Signals

Woody Skinner’s A Thousand Distant Radios tunes into odd frequencies

In his debut story collection, A Thousand Distant Radios, Woody Skinner captures the absurdity of contemporary life with spare language and offbeat humor. Skinner will appear at Novel in Memphis on March 18.

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“In Another Garden”

Book Excerpt: The Khristos Cantos

Michael E. Williams lives in Nashville and serves as Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence at Martin Methodist College. He will read from his new chapbook, The Khristos Cantos, at Poetry in the Boro in Murfreesboro on March 11 and at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on March 22.

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