Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tina Chambers

More of a Burden Than a Gift

A debut collection of stories illuminates family sorrows

The pain of dysfunctional relationships is the unifying theme among the 10 stories showcased in Lisa Cupolo’s debut collection, Have Mercy on Us. Set around the globe from Africa to Greece, Canada to Catalina Island, the vignettes Cupolo crafts sharply illustrate often decades-old family dynamics.

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Vibrating with the Possibility of What You Might Become

Kevin Wilson’s latest novel considers the transformative power of art

“We were responsible for one of the weirdest mysteries in American pop culture,” admits Frankie, the protagonist and narrator of Sewanee author Kevin Wilson’s latest novel, Now Is Not the Time to Panic. Wilson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 7 and SoLit’s Club Lit Fundraiser in Chattanooga on November 17.

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Turning Something Awful into Something Good

A close look at death helps a boy grab hold of life

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s The Decomposition of Jack features a boy whose daily chores include the collection of roadkill. It’s a slightly gross, very funny, sweetly poignant story about so much more than death. Tubb will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 26.

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We’re Back, Baby!

A booklover’s guide to the Southern Festival of Books

The festival is about love. Love for the beautiful words that move and delight us, love for the authors who put those words on paper and screen, and love for the culture and community of the book.

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What’s Most Sacred

Cemeteries reveal the good, bad, and ugly sides of U.S. history

In Over My Dead Body, author Greg Melville leads readers on a fascinating journey through time by means of the burial grounds and death practices of the United States from colonial Jamestown to the present day. Greg Melville will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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Everybody Has to Do Something

The effects of climate change endanger the lives of four teens

“Nature can take care of itself,” proclaims a climate change denier in Alan Gratz’s latest middle-grade thriller, Two Degrees. But by the end of the story, Gratz and his four teenage protagonists have made a strong case that the opposite is true. Alan Gratz will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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