Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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Women on the Verge

In Woman No. 17, Edan Lepucki’s heroes flirt with disaster

Edan Lepucki’s new novel, Woman No. 17, features two women who rush toward self-inflicted crises. Lepucki will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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Who Runs the World?

Debbie Dadey, Stephanie Faris, and Gail Nall hit the road for their Girls Read tour

Debbie Dadey, author of Mermaid Tales: Flower Girl Dreams, Stephanie Faris, author of Piper Morgan Makes a Splash, and Gail Nall, author of Out of Tune, will read from their middle-grade novels at Books-a-Million in Knoxville on May 19, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on May 20, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 20, and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on May 21.

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“Once His Country’s Idol, Now Her Horror”

Nathaniel Philbrick examines the life and treason of Benedict Arnold

Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution is a grand adventure into the darkness of the human heart, the story of a man whose name is synonymous with “traitor.” Philbrick will discuss and sign Valiant Ambition at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on May 16 at 7 p.m.

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