Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Crooked Road Less Taken

Jill Bialosky shows how poetry has added shape and meaning to her life

In her new memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life, Jill Bialosky describes the way certain poems offered comfort through difficult times. Bialosky will give a free public reading at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on January 22.

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No Place Like Home

Barry Wolverton returns with the third volume in his adventure series for young readers

In The Sea of the Dead, Volume III of the Chronicles of the Black Tulip, Memphis author Barry Wolverton fills his whirlwind of an adventure story with the non-stop action and fantastic magical elements young readers have come to expect.

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Death-Defying Feats

Four siblings reckon with a fortune teller’s prophecy in Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists

In Chloe Benjamin’s dazzling new novel, four siblings set down an uneasy path after a fortune teller reveals the dates on which each one of them will die. Benjamin will discuss The Immortalists at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 20.

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Suffused with Color and Light and Personality

The Afterlives is a departure for Thomas Pierce

At the age of thirty-three, Jim Byrd suffers a cardiac arrest but is resuscitated after being clinically dead. Afterward, he’s fine—except that he can’t recall any sense of an afterlife, any glow at the end of a tunnel. Thomas Pierce will read from his debut novel, The Afterlives, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 20.

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Setting Fire to Jim Crow

In his latest satiric novel, Gerald Duff skewers the vestiges of antebellum Nashville

Starting from an actual 1967 forum featuring South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, Martin Luther King Jr., activist Stokely Carmichael, and beat poet Allen Ginsburg, Gerald Duff’s Nashville Burning looks at three consecutive Aprils of violence and change at Vanderbilt and other parts of the Music City.

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Remembering the Ghost

Sharyn McCrumb’s latest historical novel revisits a murder trial with a supernatural twist

The Unquiet Grave, Sharyn McCrumb’s latest historical novel, is based on a true story, chronicling the notorious trial of a horse-stealing blacksmith accused of strangling his third wife to death in 1897.

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