Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

With a Russian Accent

A new historical novel by Ariel Lawhon considers the fate of the Grand Duchess Anastasia

Adding tension to the well-known story of the Romanovs, Ariel Lawhon constructs her new historical novel of two intertwining tales: one featuring Anastasia, and one featuring Anna Anderson. Lawhon will discuss I Was Anastasia at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 27 and at Novel in Memphis on March 29.

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Roz’s Return

Peter Brown reunites young readers with a beloved character in The Wild Robot Escapes

Author-illustrator Peter Brown returns to Parnassus Books on March 22 to discuss his new middle-grade novel, The Wild Robot Escapes, the much-anticipated sequel to 2016’s The Wild Robot.

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Us Just Killing Ourselves

Robert Gipe’s Weedeater portrays a coal town overrun with opioids

Robert Gipe’s new illustrated novel, Weedeater, brings back Dawn Jewell, the unforgettable protagonist of Trampoline, and adds a second narrator: the laconic title character, a lawn worker who watches the opioid crisis roll through coal country.

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Rugged Country

Min Jin Lee discusses identity, diaspora, and resistance in her novel Pachinko

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, follows a Korean family through four generations of migration, hardship, and survival, telling their interlocking stories in vivid detail. Lee will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 21.

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Strange Signals

Woody Skinner’s A Thousand Distant Radios tunes into odd frequencies

In his debut story collection, A Thousand Distant Radios, Woody Skinner captures the absurdity of contemporary life with spare language and offbeat humor. Skinner will appear at Novel in Memphis on March 18.

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What Truths We Can Stomach

The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist tells the story of two flawed trial experts

In The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington delve into the tangled history of two scientific “experts” in the Mississippi court system. Balko and Carrington will discuss The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 10 at 2 p.m.

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