Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Emily Choate

The Past Is Waiting

In Ron Rash’s The Risen, two brothers learn that the past is not as distant as they believed

risen-hc-cRon Rash’s latest novel, The Risen, brings two brothers into an unexpected confrontation with a romantic interlude they both assumed would remain hidden in the past.

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Her Own Strangeness

A baby girl born with an abnormality faces an uncertain future in Brad Watson’s Miss Jane

Miss JaneBrad Watson’s Miss Jane follows the life of Jane Chisolm—a woman born in 1915 Mississippi with a genital abnormality—in a character study which also illuminates the rich internal terrain of those who know her best. Brad Watson will discuss Miss Jane at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Art and Love, Power and Money

Jay McInerney’s Bright, Precious Days traces one New York marriage through the tumultuous post-9/11 years

McIn_978110194002_jkt.skch3In Jay McInerney’s Bright, Precious Days, Russell and Corrine’s marriage encounters as much turbulence as the post-9/11 era in which they are living. Jay McInerney will discuss Bright, Precious Days at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Where The Stories Live

In Laura Hendrix Ezell’s A Record of Our Debts, small-town lives are bound by their mysterious history

In A Record of Our Debts, a debut story collection by Cookeville writer Laura Hendrix Ezell, paranoia runs tightly through a collection of small towns where the bonds of community may chafe, but freedom can become its own prison. Ezell will discuss A Record of Our Debts at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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Unspeakable Gift

In Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, LaRose, grief unfolds in a multi-generational tale of justice and atonement

May 18, 2016 In Louise Erdrich’s mesmerizing new novel, LaRose, two neighboring households straddling the border of the Ojibwe reservation become permanently entangled in matters of justice and grief after the accidental shooting of a young boy. Erdrich will appear alongside novelist Jane Hamilton as part of the Nashville Public Library’s Salon@615 series on May 25, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.

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Secrets, Lies, and Cocktails

Anton DiSclafani’s The After Party follows the tangled friendship of two women among Houston’s social elite

May 11, 2016 Set among Houston’s glamorous oil-industry elites during the 1950s, Anton DiSclafani’s The After Party follows two young women—one conventional, one rebellious—who are locked in a complex lifelong friendship. DiSclafani will discuss The After Party at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 17, at 6:30 p.m.

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