Chapter 16
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Memphis Reads

Markus Zusak talks with Chapter 16 about his YA classic, The Book Thief

Australian author Markus Zusak, whose novel The Book Thief is the 2017 Memphis Reads selection, will speak at Christian Brothers University on September 11 at 7 p.m., and at Rhodes College on September 12 at 7 p.m. Both talks are free and open to the public.

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Channeling Restless Spirits

Jesmyn Ward returns to familiar Gulf Coast territory in Sing, Unburied, Sing

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward will be in Nashville to talk about her third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, in which a Mississippi family grapples with drugs, grief, and ghosts. She’ll appear at Parnassus Books on September 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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“In Which I Play the Part of Myself”

Book Excerpt: Every Room in the Body

Kerri French is the author of Every Room in the Body, winner of the 2016 Moon City Poetry Award, and Instruments of Summer, a chapbook of poems about the life of Amy Winehouse. She will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Everyone Fights an American War

Omar El Akkad’s novel imagines a dystopia of partisan political divisions

In Omar El Akkad’s American War, an environmental crisis leads to a second civil war in the United States. El Akkad will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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An Imperfect Union

An ideal marriage falls horrifically apart in J.T. Ellison’s new thriller, Lie To Me

The glamorous literary couple at the center of J.T. Ellison’s new domestic noir, Lie To Me, appears to enjoy love, beauty, and success, but when the wife suddenly disappears, darker truths begin to emerge. Nashville novelist J.T. Ellison will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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Rights and the Right

Nancy MacLean talks with Chapter 16 about “the deep history of the Radical Right’s stealth plan for America”

In Democracy in Chains, Nancy MacLean narrates an intellectual history of free-market conservatism, with profound effects for today’s political situation. She will discuss the book at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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