Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A New “Third Place” in Clarksville

Clarksville has embraced a new independent bookstore: Humble Universe Disturbers

Last year, Humble Universe Disturbers Used Books and More both opened its doors and changed locations. Now planted firmly on Franklin Street in Clarksville’s developing downtown district, co-owners Aubrey Collins and Ericka Arcadia spoke with Chapter 16 about how they got here and where they’re going.

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Armed and Dangerous

An American assassin hunts terrorists in Mark Greaney’s Mission Critical

Court Gentry, the hero of Mark Greaney’s Mission Critical, pursues bad guys all over the world in a bare-knuckled, uniquely American style. Greaney will discuss Mission Critical at Novel in Memphis on February 23, and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 28.

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Strikes and Gutters

Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway is a genealogy set in a bowling alley

Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway is an epic tale of love, grief, and candlepin bowling. McCracken will discuss her third novel with Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 22.

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Marsh Girl

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens’s first foray into fiction, is a bestseller

In Where the Crawdads Sing, the debut novel by veteran nature writer Delia Owens, a young girl is abandoned in the coastal marshlands of North Carolina. Owens will discuss the novel, a 2018 selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 18.

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Part of the American Epic

Margot Lee Shetterly’s blockbuster Hidden Figures is this year’s Nashville Reads selection

The little-known history of the black women mathematicians of NASA is brought to life in Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, a bestselling book that was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film. Shetterly will discuss and sign Hidden Figures, the 2019 Nashville Reads selection, at Lipscomb University in Nashville on February 19.

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How the Other Half Lived

Cecelia Tichi’s What Would Mrs. Astor Do? peeks into the lives of the Gilded Age rich

Vanderbilt professor Cecelia Tichi considers high society, nineteenth-century style, in What Would Mrs. Astor Do? The Essential Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age. Tichi will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 10.

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