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Sean Kinch

Creatures of the Underworld

Michael Farris Smith’s Blackwood depicts small-town Mississippi as a forest of evil

A valley covered in kudzu conceals a town’s dark secrets in Michael Farris Smith’s fifth novel, Blackwood. After two strangers arrive, unimaginable horrors begin to creep from the shadows. Smith will discuss Blackwood at Novel in Memphis on March 11.

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Am I the Bad Guy?

In her novel Privilege, Mary Adkins explores the aftermath of sexual assault on a college campus

Mary Adkins’s Privilege weaves together the stories of three young women whose lives are shaken by a sexual assault on an elite college campus. Adkins will discuss Privilege at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 10.

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Learning How To Be

In Shining Man, Todd Dills’ picaresque hero goes on a raucous journey of self-discovery

Todd Dills’ novel Shining Man follows the adventures of a detached young man from Charlotte, North Carolina, who journeys to Chicago to find his missing father.

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America’s Cracked Mirror

In Broke, Jodie Adams Kirshner shines a light on the precarious lives in Detroit’s neglected neighborhoods

Jodie Adams Kirshner’s Broke tracks seven Detroiters in the years following the city’s 2013 bankruptcy. Kirshner will discuss Broke at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 25.

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A Bright Shining Lie

Andrew Maraniss discusses his new book for young readers about the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin

Andrew Maraniss’ new YA nonfiction book, Games of Deception, recounts the experiences of the first U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1936, when Hitler put on a grand show to hide his plans for war. 

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Inside the Ivory Tower

Paul Tough reveals how American colleges try (and fail) to redress social inequality

In The Years That Matter Most, journalist Paul Tough offers a bracing assessment of the state of higher education in America, focusing on the ways colleges replicate social divisions. Tough will discuss The Years That Matter Most at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.  

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