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Perpetually Uninvited

The energy and attitude of punk music inspired Rob Rufus after a devastating diagnosis

die-young-with-me-coverAs a teen growing up in the 1990s, Rob Rufus and his friends felt the classic alienation of youth. In Die Young with Me: A Memoir, Rufus tells the story of discovering punk music and his simultaneous battle with cancer.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Randi Pink’s debut, Into White, digs into why being white isn’t that hot

into-white-coverRandi Pink’s debut novel, Into White, is a Cinderella story that goes haywire when Jesus himself decides to grant a black girl’s prayer to become white. Pink will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Out of Time

Beth Revis’s latest YA novel features a desperate time traveler

a-world-without-you-hi-res-jacket-art“It’s dangerous to dwell in the past. You don’t have to be a time traveler to know that,” says the protagonist of A World Without You, the latest YA novel by Beth Revis. As it happens, this character is a time traveler, so he would know. Revis will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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The Asymmetry of Friendship

David Arnold’s latest YA novel follows a gang of oddballs on a mission of mercy

kids_of_appetite_coverIn Kids of Appetite, David Arnold creates a narrator whose capacity for dizzying wordplay brings to life a cast of characters so bizarre and yet so basically decent that readers can’t help but cheer them on in their crazy mission. Arnold will discuss Kids of Appetite at Parnassus Books on September 19 and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 14-16.

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Reading to Reset

Jennifer Weiner talks with Chapter 16 about her debut book for children

TheLIttlestBigfoot_cvrBestselling novelist Jennifer Weiner talks with Chapter 16 about gender inequality, what kids can achieve when they question their culture, and her debut children’s book, The Littlest Bigfoot. Weiner will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 16, 2016, at 4 p.m.

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Forget Me Not

Sharon Cameron’s latest YA fantasy is a meditation on truth and memory

TheForgetting“I’ve been taught to write truth in my book since I was old enough to hold a pen. Our books are our sole identity after the Forgetting, the string that connects us to who we were before,” explains the teenage hero of Sharon Cameron’s newest YA fantasy, The Forgetting. Cameron will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 8, 2016, and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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