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Sarah Norris

The Chance to Do It Over

Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow takes its middle-aged heroine back to her teens

Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow is the touching and suspenseful story of a woman given the chance to relive her 16th birthday and make choices that have the power to change the course of her future. Straub will discuss the novel with Margaret Renkl at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 18.

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The Mission of the Family

Love rules in Adriana Trigiani’s The Good Left Undone

Adriana Trigiani’s new novel is a sweeping, multigenerational romance rooted in Tuscany. Trigiani will discuss The Good Left Undone at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on May 6.

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Becoming the Characters

June Hall McCash discusses her novel The Truth Keepers

The Truth Keepers, the new novel by June Hall McCash, explores the true history of the du Bignon family in coastal Georgia during the 19th century. The story unfolds from the perspectives of his wife and mistress as each woman reckons with her secret past.

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Coal Country Maelstrom

To the Bones sets a satisfying thriller in small-town Appalachia

In To the Bones by Southern author Valerie Nieman, the dystopian horror is a chilling reminder of what can arise from the vast distances between human beings, as well as the vast mysteries within an individual.  

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“Give Me My Daily Wickedness”

Celebrated novelist Gish Jen talks with Chapter 16 about truth-telling and the project of fiction

A prolific writer known for exploring multiculturalism with keen intelligence, grace, and humor, Gish Jen is the author of four novels, a short-story volume, and, most recently, a nonfiction book created from the talks she gave at Harvard University in 2012 as part of the William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization.

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The Art of Attention

A new essay collection from the University of Tennessee honors Jeff Daniel Marion, beloved Appalachian poet and teacher

April 28, 2016 Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston celebrates the life and work of Appalachian poet Jeff Daniel Marion. Edited by Jesse Graves, Thomas Alan Holmes, and Ernest Lee, the anthology contains seventeen essays—including an autobiographical essay by Marion himself—an interview with the poet, and a detailed timeline of his life.

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