Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Julie Danielson

Finding Her Place in the Sun

Jamie Sumner brings readers a 12-year-old girl who finds her courage

Jamie Sumner’s middle-grade novel The Summer of June tells the story of one 12-year-old’s struggle to manage her anxiety. Sumner will sign the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 4.  

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Alien Summer in a Day

Carsen Smith co-authors a new sci-fi thriller for middle-grade readers

Comedy writer Carsen Smith and actor and producer James S. Murray join forces to launch Area 51 Interns, a new middle-grade series. The first book, Alien Summer #1, is on shelves now.

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Foot Soldier for Justice

Kathlyn J. Kirkwood discusses her memoir for young readers on the making of MLK Day

Kathlyn J. Kirkwood discusses her memoir in verse, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round, as well as the literacy program she runs in Middle Tennessee with her husband, Alan.

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A Vessel for the Story

Alice Faye Duncan’s books chronicle Black perseverance, past and present

Two new nonfiction books for children by Memphis writer Alice Faye Duncan illuminate “what it means to be free.” Duncan will lead a free virtual workshop for aspiring picture book creators on January 17.

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As the Story Goes

Kathi Appelt delivers an epic tale of camels, kestrels, and the power of stories

Kathi Appelt will appear at the online 2021 Southern Festival of Books to discuss her new novel for young readers, Once Upon a Camel, the tale of a storytelling camel and the two baby kestrels she protects.

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The Wonder of It All

Alan Lightman explores the beauty of the night sky in his first children’s book

Author and physicist Alan Lightman’s first children’s book, Ada and the Galaxies, written with Olga Pastuchiv and illustrated by Susanna Chapman, captures a girl’s joy over visiting her grandfather and exploring the star-filled sky over his home on an island in Maine.

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