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A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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Waiting in the Dark

Clay McLeod Chapman’s Whisper Down the Lane is a tale of genuine terror

In Whisper Down the Lane, Clay McLeod Chapman reimagines the McMartin preschool trials and the “satanic panic” era of the 1980s. Chapman will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by Novel in Memphis on April 8.

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Decency at the End of the World

David Arnold’s The Electric Kingdom finds beauty in the darkness

David Arnold, author of the acclaimed YA novels Mosquitoland, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, and Kids of Appetite, returns with The Electric Kingdom, an achingly beautiful and timely book that transcends simple classification. Arnold will discuss The Electric Kingdom at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 11.

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An Imperfect Family

Shannon Burke’s The Brother Years is a story of conflict and resilience

Knoxville author Shannon Burke, who beautifully rendered the American West in his 2015 novel Into the Savage Country, takes readers to the suburbs of Chicago in his newest work of fiction, the moving and deeply personal The Brother Years

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Fascinated, Not Afraid

Erica Wright takes a sympathetic look at serpents in Snake

“The more reptile facilities I’ve visited and festivals I’ve attended, the more photos I’ve browsed online, the more I’ve become fascinated rather than afraid,” says Erica Wright in Snake. She shows the reptiles some love in this deeply personal and highly readable essay collection.

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