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A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Downhill from Here

J.T. Ellison’s new stand-alone thriller reveals terrifying truths about an elite young skier

J.T. Ellison’s latest, Tear Me Apart, is a jaw-dropping story of suspense about a young athlete, the injury that leads to a shocking medical diagnosis, and the race to make sense of her past before it’s too late. Ellison will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 29, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14.

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Bally Girl

In The Electric Woman, Tessa Fontaine learns about love and fear at the sideshow

Tessa Fontaine’s struggle against her fears, both physical and emotional, is at the center of her poignant, ultimately life-affirming memoir, The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts. Tessa Fontaine will discuss The Electric Woman at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Rushing Ahead

Sorority recruitment proves to be an unlikely catalyst for change in Lisa Patton’s Rush

Lisa Patton’s Rush is a deep dive into sorority culture and a powerful treatise on the importance of extricating what’s genuinely valuable from a matrix of history, tradition, and social torpor-and leaving the rest. Patton will appear at Novel in Memphis on August 21, at Books-A-Million in Jackson on August 22, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 23, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 20, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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An Emotional Realist

Patchwork surveys decades of Bobbie Ann Mason’s fiction, nonfiction, and interviews

Patchwork collects important work by Bobbie Ann Mason, whose short stories, novels, and memoir were inspired by the people, land, and language of her native Western Kentucky. Mason will appear at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on September 6, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 12-14

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A Time of War and Treachery

Brenda Rickman Vantrease takes readers back to the Civil Warthe English one

In Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s new novel, The Queen’s Promise, three women must make dangerous choices as England collapses into civil war. Vantrease will appear at Parnassus Books on August 19, and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14. Both events are in Nashville.

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MaDear’s Scrapbook

A granddaughter discovers an unexpected legacy of memories, questions, and untold stories

For years, I thought I was the sole oddball in my family obsessed with memorabilia. If not for an impromptu visit to my Aunt Doris’s house, I might never have known otherwise.

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