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Memphis Reads

Markus Zusak talks with Chapter 16 about his YA classic, The Book Thief

Australian author Markus Zusak, whose novel The Book Thief is the 2017 Memphis Reads selection, will speak at Christian Brothers University on September 11 at 7 p.m., and at Rhodes College on September 12 at 7 p.m. Both talks are free and open to the public.

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Channeling Restless Spirits

Jesmyn Ward returns to familiar Gulf Coast territory in Sing, Unburied, Sing

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward will be in Nashville to talk about her third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, in which a Mississippi family grapples with drugs, grief, and ghosts. She’ll appear at Parnassus Books on September 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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Everyone Fights an American War

Omar El Akkad’s novel imagines a dystopia of partisan political divisions

In Omar El Akkad’s American War, an environmental crisis leads to a second civil war in the United States. El Akkad will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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An Imperfect Union

An ideal marriage falls horrifically apart in J.T. Ellison’s new thriller, Lie To Me

The glamorous literary couple at the center of J.T. Ellison’s new domestic noir, Lie To Me, appears to enjoy love, beauty, and success, but when the wife suddenly disappears, darker truths begin to emerge. Nashville novelist J.T. Ellison will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Things We Do for Love

Rosecrans Baldwin plumbs the depths of feeling in The Last Kid Left

In The Last Kid Left, Rosecrans Baldwin’s young lovers face what seem to be impossible odds—a double murder, sexual violence, drugs, insanity, and alcoholism. Baldwin will discuss his second novel at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Quoth the Raven

Jim Minick’s novel of faith healing begins with a disastrous fire

In Fire Is Your Water, Jim Minick’s debut novel, a young couple faces disasters and struggles with their relationships to each other and to God. Minick will appear at The Arts Building in Chattanooga on August 27; and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15; and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on October 15.

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