Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Erica Ciccarone

Confessions of a Fangirl

With Dead Girls, Alice Bolin navigates fantasy and reality in pop culture and beyond

Alice Bolin’s essay collection, Dead Girls, is a savvy mix of cultural critique, coming-of-age diary, and confessions of a pop-culture fangirl. Bolin will read at Novel in Memphis on September 20, at The Bookshop in Nashville on September 23, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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This Little Light of Mine

Linda Williams Jackson talks with Chapter 16 about race, class, and courage

In A Sky Full of Stars, the sequel to Linda Williams Jackson’s Midnight Without a Moon, scrappy teenager Rosa Carter watches the civil-rights movement unfold and picks up a picket sign herself. Jackson will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Memphis on February 17.

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Everyone Fights an American War

Omar El Akkad’s novel imagines a dystopia of partisan political divisions

In Omar El Akkad’s American War, an environmental crisis leads to a second civil war in the United States. El Akkad will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Gut Reaction

Weike Wang’s Chemistry is a coming-of-age novel set in a science lab

A young scientist navigates the big questions of career, family, and self in the luminous debut novel, Chemistry, by Weike Wang. On June 1 at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Wang will join Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, in a conversation moderated by Ann Patchett.

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God’s Gonna Trouble the Water

In Midnight Without a Moon, Linda Williams Jackson considers the civil-rights movement through the eyes of a feisty teenage girl

Thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter knows that the Jim Crow South has to change, but she’s not sure she wants to be the one to do it. Linda Williams Jackson makes a stunning debut with her middle-grade historical novel, Midnight Without a Moon.

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Murder in the Yogurt Shop

A cold case warms up as Beverly Lowry disentangles a web of accusations and false confessions

whokilledthesegirlsBeverly Lowry’s Who Killed These Girls? chronicles the cold case of the Yogurt Shop Murders, from crime to false confessions, that left Austin a changed city. Lowry will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-15.

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