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A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tina Chambers

War Swept Them Away

Alan Gratz’s new novel for middle schoolers dramatizes the Battle of Okinawa

With Grenade, Alan Gratz has written a war novel in which people find the strength to look past differences and into the eyes of their fellow frightened human beings.

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Something Beautiful and Exceedingly Difficult

Harrison Scott Key offers a light take on the perils of publication

Harrison Scott Key’s latest book, Congratulations, Who Are You Again?, tells the story of his journey to authorhood and the toll it took on his personal life and emotional health. Plus, there are jokes. Key will appear at Novel in Memphis on November 16.

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Men Falling from the Sky

In Erica Wright’s new Kat Stone mystery, death hits a little too close to home

In The Blue Kingfisher, Erica Wright continues the story of her dauntless detective, Kat Stone, in a tale of greed, family, fear, and—despite everything—something like grace. Wright will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 4.

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Gods and Angels and Demons

Dana Chamblee Carpenter ends her Bohemian Trilogy and settles the fate of Satan’s daughter

In Book of the Just, Dana Chamblee Carpenter concludes her story of Mouse, the half-human 700-year-old daughter of Satan, and her fight to avenge a terrible loss and save her brother from their father’s diabolical schemes. Carpenter will appear at two Nashville events: at Parnassus Books on October 7 and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14.

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Normal is Boring

Escaping from Houdini, Kerri Maniscalco’s new YA mystery, combines science, magic, and murder

In Kerri Maniscalco’s Escaping from Houdini, magic and mayhem abound as teenager and forensic scientist Audrey Rose Wadsworth investigates a series of grisly murders onboard an ocean liner filled with carnival performers. Maniscalco will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Vanderbilt on September 22, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 24, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Spreading the Gospel of Southern Living

Actress and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon adds “author” to her list of titles

The principal charm of Whiskey in a Teacup is Reese Witherspoon’s narrative voice, which is so sincere, un-fussy, and personable, it’s like you’re sharing a casual chat with an old friend over a Moon Pie and an RC Cola. Witherspoon will discuss her book at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on September 23.

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