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A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Fernanda Moore


Tom Perrotta delivers up-to-the-minute satire in Tracy Flick Can’t Win

The ambitious heroine of Election returns in Tom Perrotta’s latest novel, Tracy Flick Can’t Win. Perrotta will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 16.

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Love and Death at Sea

Lisa Alther’s Swan Song sends its grief-stricken 60-something heroine on a cruise

Swan Song: An Odyssey, the eighth novel by Kingsport native Lisa Alther, is a witty meditation on loss and longing in late-middle age.


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Be Like the Bard

Scott Newstok critiques modern education in How to Think Like Shakespeare

Rhodes College professor Scott Newstok analyzes the ills of contemporary education and looks to the past for a cure.

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Staying with the Dream

An aspiring writer toughs it out in Lily King’s Writers & Lovers

The heroine of Lily King’s fifth novel, Writers & Lovers, is 31 years old, deeply in debt, and living in a potting shed, but she won’t let her writing dream die.

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The Best Literary Citizen

J.T. Ellison shares some thoughts on social media, literary community, and her latest novel, Good Girls Lie

J.T. Ellison’s fourth stand-alone thriller, Good Girls Lie, unfurls within the gates of Goode Academy, an elite girls’ boarding school in rural Virginia. Ellison talked with Chapter 16 about the setting of her new book, her belief in supporting other writers, and the challenge of staying focused in an age of distraction.  She’ll appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 7.

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No Atheists in the Bullpen

Barry Zito was the hottest, highest-paid pitcher in the major leagues. So why did he feel so lost?

Barry Zito’s memoir, Curveball, recounts the star pitcher’s triumph, failure, and long spiritual quest.

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