Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Tale of Two Mothers

A woman searches for the heart to raise the child of her husband’s mistress in Bren McClain’s debut novel

Bren McClain’s debut novel features a difficult responsibility that initiates a personal transformation. McClain will discuss One Good Mama Bone at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 28 at 6:30 p.m., at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on March 2 at 5 p.m., and at the Brentwood Public Library on April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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A New Mode of Being

George Saunders’s long awaited first novel examines a president in crisis

With Lincoln in the Bardo, his long-awaited first novel, George Saunders delivers a strikingly original work of fiction as strange as it is stirring. On February 24 at 6:30 p.m., Saunders will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville as part of the Salon@615 series.

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Corpse in the Bedroom

Chapter 16 talks with Jamie Quatro

Stephen Usery speaks with Chattanooga writer Jamie Quatro about her collection of stories, I Want to Show You More. Quatro will give a reading at Refinery Nashville on February 17 at 6:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Porch Writers’ Collective, is free and open to the public.

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A Thriller for Our Times

Cyber warfare gets physical for Mark Greaney’s Gray Man

A shadowy action hero returns in Gunmetal Gray, the sixth book in Mark Greaney’s Gray Man series. Greaney will discuss his newest thriller at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Memphis on February 18 at 2 p.m., and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 22 at 6:30 p.m.

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Murder in a Cold Climate

Death and history merge in Tracee de Hahn’s debut

A murder, an ice storm, and a Swiss chateau so old that not even the residents know everything that’s in it are just a few features of Tracee de Hahn’s irresistible debut novel. The author will read from Swiss Vendetta at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on February 16 at 3 p.m. and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 17 at 6 p.m.

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Fearless and Exacting

The new Sewanee Review will appear the end of this month, and “new” hardly begins to describe it

Novelist Adam Ross, the first new editor of The Sewanee Review since 1973, will launch the storied literary magazine’s redesign on January 31. In it, there’s enough transgression to satisfy the spirit of Tennessee Williams, whose bequest supports the Review’s publication.

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