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So Many Stories to Be Told

Ruta Sepetys on her passion for sharing underrepresented history

With her latest novel, I Must Betray You, award-winning YA author Ruta Sepetys returns to the difficult task of telling an unfamiliar story from history: the struggles of people living under the brutal Ceaușescu regime in Romania in the late 1980s. She’ll discuss the book with Alan Gratz at a ticketed virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 1.

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No Regrets

When is it time to let go of a book?

I have donated my collection of books on writing to my local library. Why?

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My NBA Love Affairs

On finding the right team to root for

The Golden State Warriors’ broadcast on a local station was an excuse for Stanford students to congregate in common rooms and eating clubs, a break from studying and a topic of conversation. Plus, the Warriors of 1986-87 were a lovable, ragtag, perennially second-tier squad whose best player, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, was famous for having the league’s most apt nickname.

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A Factory of Dreams

Mesha Maren’s Perpetual West is a fearless exploration of borders

Perpetual West, Mesha Maren’s second novel, follows a troubled couple from Appalachia to the U.S.-Mexico border on a perilous journey of self-discovery.

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Foot Soldier for Justice

Kathlyn J. Kirkwood discusses her memoir for young readers on the making of MLK Day

Kathlyn J. Kirkwood discusses her memoir in verse, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round, as well as the literacy program she runs in Middle Tennessee with her husband, Alan.

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Everything Here Is Dead

A lonely boy unravels the mystery of his own death

In The Visitors, Greg Howard’s third middle-grade novel, a 12-year-old boy is “stuck” in a neglected plantation in South Carolina, along with other inhabitants — some benevolent, some definitely not. When three visitors arrive to investigate a long-ago mystery, the boy starts to unearth memories of his past. Greg Howard will discuss The Visitors at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 31.

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