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A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tina Chambers

The Power of Belief

Teens confront the issue of sexual abuse in Ashley Herring Blake’s latest YA novel

In her new YA novel, Girl Made of Stars, Ashley Herring Blake addresses complex cultural issues in the context of the everyday drama of high school. Blake will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 18 in conversation with novelist Lily Anderson.

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Descendants of the Cataclysm

A society populated by twins is the world of Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s debut YA novel

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s The Diminished examines themes of sexual identity, individual freedom, and cultural expectation. Patterson will discuss her debut fantasy YA novel at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on May 5.

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At the Intersection of Real and Not Real

Leah Stewart’s latest novel shines a spotlight on the art of acting under pressure

Ostensibly the story of a kidnapping, Leah Stewart’s clever new novel, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw, is also an examination of the cult of celebrity. Stewart, a Vanderbilt graduate, will appear at Novel in Memphis on April 11 and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 13.

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Both Sides Now

A Manhattan professional weathers major life changes in Anna Quindlen’s new novel

In Alternate Side, bestselling novelist Anna Quindlen writes a bittersweet love letter to Manhattan, as well as a meditation on the passage of time. Quindlen will appear at the Nashville Public Library on March 28.

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The Long Arc of History

Minrose Gwin’s new novel tells a tale of racism in the aftermath of natural disaster

On April 5, 1936, a massive tornado producing winds greater than 300 miles per hour destroyed half the city of Tupelo, Mississippi, in a matter of minutes, a story Tupelo native Minrose Gwin tells in her latest novel, Promise. Gwin will appear at Novel in Memphis on February 27.

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The Luxury of Dreams

C. J. Redwine adds a new chapter to the gripping Ravenspire saga

In The Traitor Prince, Nashville YA writer C.J. Redwine draws inspiration from sources as disparate as The Hunger Games and The Prince and the Pauper to weave a fiercely original tale of treachery, betrayal, conspiracy, and murder. Redwine will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 16.

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