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Sweet Dreams

In lyrical rhyme, Jessica Young’s I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams celebrates the parent-child bond

Jessica Young’s latest picture book, I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams, celebrates the parent-child bond, while simultaneously honoring children’s need to spread their wings. Young and illustrator Rafael López will celebrate the launch of I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9.  

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Secrets and Lies

J.T. Ellison channels Agatha Christie in the suspense-filled Her Dark Lies

At the wedding of the year on an exotic island off the Italian coast, a Nashville artist and the wealthy man she intends to marry become embroiled in mystery and intrigue in J.T. Ellison’s novel, Her Dark Lies. Ellison will appear at a virtual book launch for Her Dark Lies hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 8.

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A Muscular Christian

A Window to Heaven chronicles the first ascent of Denali by an Episcopal priest with a Tennessee past

In A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali: America’s Wildest Peak, Monteagle writer Patrick Dean chronicles the adventurous life of Hudson Stuck, a Sewanee graduate and Episcopal priest who was by turns a climber, cowboy, literature professor, master of the Iditarod, and above all an advocate for the rights and dignity of native Alaskans. On June 7, 1913, Stuck and a contentious team became the first climbers to successfully summit North America’s highest peak. Dean will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by the Sewanee School of Letters on March 4.

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A Spiritual Quest

Victor L. Wooten’s second book celebrates music as a living entity

With his second book, The Spirit of Music — a follow-up to his 2008 debut, The Music Lesson — Victor L. Wooten updates the classic hero’s journey, casting himself and a band of fellow musicians into a dire contest to save the world from an insidious enemy out to destroy music.

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An Old Friend

Pandemic cleaning yields a gift

Barely daring to breathe, I brought the box downstairs. I unsealed it and clicked open the dusty case. And there was the Remington, gleaming like the day Cousin Minnie had presented it to me.

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“Before You Told Me”

Book Excerpt: Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood’s Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning won the 2019 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry. Cawood is the author of the memoir The Going and Goodbye, the inspirational little book 52 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17, and the short story collection A Small Thing to Want. She lives in Johnson City. She’ll appear with Ciona Rouse and Larry Thacker at a virtual event hosted by East Tennessee State University on March 3.

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