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Freedom from the Ordinary

Maggie Shipstead’s Astonish Me illuminates the ballet world’s relentless pursuit of perfection

The ballet dancers in Maggie Shipstead’s novel, Astonish Me, are engaged in a daily war against their mortal limitations. Shipstead will discuss Astonish Me at the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on March 6 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Michael Knight’s Eveningland centers on life in and around Mobile Bay

Eveningland, the new collection of linked stories by Knoxville writer Michael Knight, focuses closely on the lives of affluent families in and around Mobile Bay. Knight will discuss Eveningland at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 7 and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 8.

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Like Father, Like Daughter

Dana Chamblee Carpenter reminds readers that you can’t pick your family

It’s no picnic being the daughter of Satan, especially if you’re disinclined toward evil. Just ask Mouse, the 700-year-old protagonist of The Devil’s Bible, the new novel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter. Carpenter will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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Goodbye Daze

Jeff Zentner’s new YA novel explores loss by celebrating life

Celebrated YA author Jeff Zentner will discuss his second novel, Goodbye Days—the story of teenager Carver Briggs and the moment that changed his life—on March 7 at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m.

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Beauty in the Unknown

Setting Free the Kites, Alex George’s new novel, tackles friendship and loss

In his second acclaimed novel, Setting Free the Kites, Alex George creates a pair of teenage protagonists facing wrenching grief. George will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. on March 3.

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Great Success

Acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart talks with Chapter 16 about his memoir, Little Failure

In Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart turns his sharp satirical skills on his own history as a Russian Jewish immigrant coming of age in 1980s New York, and on the long and painful history of his family. Shteyngart will discuss Little Failure at the First Amendment Center on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville on March 2. 

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