Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Her Own Strangeness

A baby girl born with an abnormality faces an uncertain future in Brad Watson’s Miss Jane

Miss JaneBrad Watson’s Miss Jane follows the life of Jane Chisolm—a woman born in 1915 Mississippi with a genital abnormality—in a character study which also illuminates the rich internal terrain of those who know her best. Brad Watson will discuss Miss Jane 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 Past Is Never Past

Memphis detective Billy Able looks for a murderer close to home in Lisa Turner’s new mystery

devil-sent-the-rain-pbWhen a local attorney is found dead behind the wheel of her car and wearing her wedding gown, Memphis’s top detectives Billy Able and Frankie Malone are called to the scene. Lisa Turner will discuss her new mystery, Devil Sent the Rain, at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Waiting for Katrina

Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones is the 2016 Memphis Reads selection

salvagethebonesSalvage the Bones, a National Book Award winner, is the featured title for this year’s Memphis Reads program, and author Jesmyn Ward will be in Memphis to discuss the novel, which is narrated by a pregnant fifteen-year-old whose destitute family faces the arrival of Hurricane Katrina. Ward will speak at Christian Brothers University on September 28 at 7 p.m., and at Rhodes College on September 29 at 6 p.m.

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Man of the Streets

In Robert Walker Corey Mesler imagines his way into the life of a homeless man

robert-walker-cover1In his novel Robert Walker, Corey Mesler gives readers a glimpse into the mind and heart of a homeless man wandering the streets of Memphis. Mesler will discuss Robert Walker at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on September 29 at 5:30 p.m.

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Blood on the Tracks

Colson Whitehead constructs an alternate route out of American slavery in The Underground Railroad

Underground RailroadIn Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, fugitive slaves are spirited away to freedom by an actual network of trains. Cora, fleeing an unspeakably cruel existence on a Georgia plantation, provides this novel—at once ferocious and lyrical—with its gravitational center. Whitehead will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 20 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Invisible Man

In Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am, a Jewish father tries to prove he really exists

here-i-am-foerJacob Bloch, the central character in Jonathan Safran Foer’s new novel, Here I Am, suffers from existential uncertainty. The heart of this ambitious work of fiction depicts Jacob’s attempt to deserve “the privilege of being alive.” Jonathan Safran Foer will discuss Here I Am at the Nashville Public Library on September 15, 2016, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

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