Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Abby N. Lewis

Less than Total Recall

Julian R. Vaca revisits the 80s in an alternate universe plagued by lost memory

The Memory Index, the first book in a series by debut author Julian R. Vaca, explores an alternate 1987, where a disease has ravaged human memories and people rely on technology to preserve a sense of self. Vaca will discuss the book at North Wind Manor in Antioch on August 13.

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On Matters of Life and Death

Neurosurgeon Jay Wellons reflects on a life devoted to healing

In All That Moves Us, pediatric neurosurgeon Jay Wellons recounts some of the most memorable moments of his career as a children’s doctor. Wellons will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 29.

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Woven in the Seams

Women push the boundaries in turn-of-the-century New Orleans

Two young women come together to take part in an all-female Mardi Gras krewe in Diane C. McPhail’s second novel, The Seamstress of New Orleans. McPhail will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on June 9.

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Fish Out of Water

Cathey Daniels explores personal agency in rural Appalachia in her debut novel

In her debut novel, Live Caught, R. Cathey Daniels explores betrayal and illicit activity in the rural North Carolina mountains. Daniels will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 25.

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Everyone a Soldier

Historical novelist Amanda McCrina returns to WWII

In The Silent Unseen, YA author Amanda McCrina returns to the setting of her previous novel, Traitor, to look more deeply into Polish and Ukrainian experiences during World War II. McCrina will discuss The Silent Unseen at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 5.

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A Troubled South

Lee Cole’s Groundskeeping considers love, class, and identity

In Lee Cole’s debut novel Groundskeeping, Owen returns to his hometown in Kentucky to work as a groundskeeper at a small college where he enrolls in a creative writing course. Cole will discuss Groundskeeping at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 3.

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