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A Young Reader’s Dream Come True

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival gives students first access to authors

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival—or SE-YA—will draw thousands of readers to the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro on March 11 for an all-ages celebration of reading and writing that features appearances by more than forty children’s and YA authors. The event is free and open to the public.

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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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Say My Name

C.J. Redwine puts a fresh twist on the timeless story of Rumpelstiltskin

The Wish Granter is the second book in C.J. Redwine’s New York Times-bestselling Ravenspire series. In this installment, the Nashville novelist reimagines Rumpelstiltskin as a ruthless, power-hungry fairy eager to give people their hearts’ desires—though always with a devastating catch. Redwine will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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Coming Full Circle

Andrew Maraniss talks with Chapter 16 about the new edition of Strong Inside for young readers

Andrew Maraniss spent eight years researching and writing Strong Inside, the story of Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace, who broke the color barrier in SEC athletics. Now Maraniss has produced a version of the story for readers in middle and high school. He will launch the new edition at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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All Fluff, Movement, and Joy

Robert J. Blake takes two dogs on a Parisian adventure in Victor and Hugo

Robert J. Blake will visit Parnassus Books on February 4 to read and sign Victor and Hugo. His newest picture book celebrates a canine friendship and the sights, sounds, and music of Paris.

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A Dauntless Voyage

Veronica Roth moves her YA universe to deep space

In Carve the Mark, bestselling YA author Veronica Roth builds a universe around two teenagers who must confront their own identities. Roth will appear at the Nashville Children’s Theatre on January 20 at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 and include a signed copy of Carve the Mark.

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