Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

On the Beach, On the Road, On Top of the Bestseller List

John Grisham’s first big tour in twenty-five years is a boon to Humanities Tennessee

John Grisham recently appeared at Parnassus Books in Nashville to sign his new novel, Camino Island, and to help raise money for Humanities Tennessee. It’s Grisham’s first big book tour in twenty-five years.

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A Family History Writ Large

Raye Springfield’s story is also the story of Haywood County, Tennessee

Some family stories rise past anecdote to the level of history. Case in point: the amazing tale documented in the newly released second edition of The Legacy of Tamar: Courage, Faith, and the Common Road of Hope in a West Tennessee Community by Nashville attorney Raye Springfield.

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Candidates, Chaos, and the Constitution

Michael Nelson recounts the turbulent presidential election of 1968 and its legacies for today

In his award-winning history Resilient America, Memphis author Michael Nelson narrates the chaotic presidential election of 1968 and argues for the essential stability of the American political system.

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Torn Between Love and Adventure

Dewey Lambdin’s Captain Lewrie has it all: new love and the chance to command an offense against France

Captain Lewrie sets up a London house and falls in love before the Admiralty finally invites him to plan a daring offensive in A Fine Retribution, the twenty-fourth naval adventure by Dewey Lambdin.

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Summer Love

Mary Alice Monroe’s new novel sets beach-read romance on an actual beach

Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House for Rent links the story of two women struggling to overcome loss with the environmental concerns on coastal South Carolina’s Isle of Palms. Monroe will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 29 at 6 p.m., and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on June 30 at 7 p.m.

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Hope and Change and Who You Know

A young couple with very different career goals navigates Obama-era D.C.

In Jennifer Close’s The Hopefuls a young married couple moves to Washington, D.C., and becomes enmeshed with the lives of a budding politician and his appealing wife. Close will discuss her new novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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