Chapter 16
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Fernanda Moore

Beyond Hemingway

Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence uncovers the hidden history of Franco’s Spain

Ruta Sepetys’ riveting fourth novel, The Fountains of Silence, shines light on yet another story the world has conspired to forget. 

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Ripe for Excitement

A naïve young woman is captivated by 1940s New York in Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls

With City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert delivers a perfect by-the-pool book, full of spectacle, glitz, and bygone glamour. Gilbert will appear at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on June 17.

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Sing, O Muse, of the Concrete Parthenon

Mary Norris’s hilarious new memoir, Greek to Me, celebrates all things Hellenic

In her new memoir, Greek to Me, Mary Norris proves to be a fantastic companion and guide—the perfect person to breathe life into a dead language. Norris will discuss the book in a conversation with Ann Patchett at The Parthenon in Nashville on April 28.

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A Newly Shattered World

Hannah Pittard’s Visible Empire gives a fictional account of 1962 Atlanta, rich and poor

Hannah Pittard’s new novel describes a plane crash’s effect not just on the white, rich, cultured elite—the “visible empire” that makes up Atlanta’s ruling class in 1962-but also on the city’s disenfranchised. Pittard will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 13.

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Life is Not a Bard’s Song

Madeline Miller reframes and retells the story of Homer’s Circe

Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles, is back with Circe, another brilliant revamp of tales and characters drawn from Homeric poetry. Miller will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 11.

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No Child Left Behind

Jeff Kinney talks with Chapter 16 about his megahit series of children’s books that began with Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are an astonishing phenomenon. What started as a serial comic posted online has become a wildly popular series of books for children. In this repost from 2010, the Wimpy Kid’s creator, Jeff Kinney, answered questions from Chapter 16. Kinney will read from The Getaway, the newest installment of the series, at Oak Hill School in Nashville on November 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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