Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kathryn Justice Leache

Learning the Value of a Dollar

Dollar General CEO Cal Turner Jr. traces the humble beginnings of a multi-billion-dollar company

In My Father’s Business, Cal Turner Jr. shares his family’s incredible success story and the leadership lessons he’s learned along the way. Turner will appear in conversation with Dave Ramsey on May 18 at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

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J. Edgar Hoover’s Man in Memphis

Marc Perrusquia’s new book considers the double life of Memphis photographer Ernest Withers

In A Spy in Canaan, Commercial Appeal reporter Marc Perrusquia vastly expands his 2010 front-page bombshell that identified famed civil-rights photographer Ernest Withers as a paid informant for the FBI. Perrusquia will discuss his book at Novel in Memphis on March 27, and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 5.

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To Every Reader Her Book

In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a timid bookworm comes out of her shell

Alan Gratz’s new middle-grade novel, Ban This Book, is a powerful primer on the dangers of censorship and a heartwarming tribute to libraries and intellectual freedom, all in a fun-to-read package.

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Beautiful, Muddy Things

A teenager carves a small-town space for herself in Courtney Stevens’s latest YA novel

Billie McCaffrey, narrator of Courtney Stevens’s latest YA novel, Dress Codes for Small Towns, must find a way to reconcile her square-peg place in a round-hole Kentucky town. Stevens will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 25 at 6:30 p.m.; at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on September 9 at 2 p.m.; and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Boy, Interrupted

Martin Wilson’s We Now Return to Regular Life returns an abducted boy to his family

Martin Wilson’s We Now Return to Regular Life is the powerful story of Sam Walsh, a fourteen-year-old boy who is reunited with his family after three years in captivity. With determination and strength, he surprises them all. Wilson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 10.

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A Girl Named Ruby Clyde

In Corabel Shofner’s Almost Paradise, a young girl confronts a crisis

When fierce, independent Ruby Clyde Henderson finds herself abandoned far from home, she must learn to accept the care of others. Corabel Shofner will read from her debut middle-grade novel, Almost Paradise, at Parnassus Books on July 25 at 6:30 p.m., and at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 13-15.

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