Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kathryn Justice Leache

Unreliable Narrators

Susan Choi sets her novel Trust Exercise at the intersection of fact and fiction

Susan Choi’s National Book Award-winning and Pulitzer-nominated Trust Exercise is a novel that sneaks up on readers in the best possible way. A free online public masterclass about the book will be led by University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor Hilary Havens on June 3 at 7 p.m. EDT.

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Miami Meets Middle America

A Cuban American writer recounts the revelations of her own otherness in white America

In My Time Among the Whites, Jennine Capó Crucet, the American-born daughter of Cuban refugees, describes a childhood spent in the relative cultural comfort of Miami and then, as an adult, her disparate life experiences against the wider American landscape. Crucet will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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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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Downhill from Here

J.T. Ellison’s new stand-alone thriller reveals terrifying truths about an elite young skier

J.T. Ellison’s latest, Tear Me Apart, is a jaw-dropping story of suspense about a young athlete, the injury that leads to a shocking medical diagnosis, and the race to make sense of her past before it’s too late. Ellison will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 29, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14.

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Rushing Ahead

Sorority recruitment proves to be an unlikely catalyst for change in Lisa Patton’s Rush

Lisa Patton’s Rush is a deep dive into sorority culture and a powerful treatise on the importance of extricating what’s genuinely valuable from a matrix of history, tradition, and social torpor-and leaving the rest. Patton will appear at Novel in Memphis on August 21, at Books-A-Million in Jackson on August 22, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 23, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 20, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Dorothy Lives!

Two teen boys struggle to mend their families in Greg Howard’s rollicking Social Intercourse

Greg Howard’s Social Intercourse is a raucously unvarnished tale of teen lust, family values, and social mores. Howard will appear on June 5 at Parnassus Books in Nashville.

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