Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Sarah Norris

Giving the Lie to Literary Boundaries

The new novel by John Minichillo defies normalcy

In his new science fiction novel, Message in the Sky, Nashville author John Minichillo offers a satirical gateway to notions that defy simplistic classification.

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Strength in Vulnerability

Poet, memoirist, and playwright Dan O’Brien discusses his three new books

This year marks the publication of three books by Dan O’Brien: Survivor’s Notebook, his fifth poetry collection; From Scarsdale, a childhood memoir mining familial trauma; and True Story, a trilogy of documentary plays.

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Looking for Home

Kelsey Norris’ debut story collection resonates with unanswered questions

Kelsey Norris’ debut story collection, House Gone Quiet, chronicles characters at a turning point. Norris will appear at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Taking Back the Narrative

Alice Carrière finds her way beyond a troubled upbringing in Everything/Nothing/Someone

In Everything/Nothing/Someone, Alice Carrière mines her strange childhood — seemingly privileged yet violently neglected — as she traces the roots of her dissociative disorder. Carrière will discuss the memoir at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 6 and the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Love Changes a Person

Emily Habeck’s Shark Heart is a wild journey of transformation

Shark Heart, the debut novel by Emily Habeck, is an idiosyncratic, even fantastical, allegory exploring the transformative natures of love between husband and wife, mother and daughter, human and animal. Habeck will appear at The Bookshop in Nashville on September 21

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The Path to Authentic Voice

Award-winning author Ruta Sepetys offers a guide to the craft of writing

Ruta Sepetys — the award-winning, bestselling, Nashville-based author of five young adult historical novels — offers guidance for novice as well as experienced writers in You: The Story.

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