Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tina Chambers

Wandering and Wondering Why

Nashville’s Jamie Blaine returns with new adventures in late-night psychiatric counseling

“Here’s the score,” writes Nashville author Jamie Blaine in his new memoir, Mercy Never Sleeps. “My social circle consists of junkies and schizophrenics, inmates, suicidal housewives, cops and ER docs, and convenience store clerks on graveyard shift. Am I lost? Or found?”

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The Most Wanted Man Since Dillinger

Philip Jett gives a nonfiction account of the 1960 manhunt for a Colorado killer in The Death of an Heir

Philip Jett’s The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder that Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty is a gripping tale in which wealth and privilege fail to shield a family from suffering. Jett will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15, and at Novel in Memphis on October 25.

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A Fire That Never Stops Burning

Nashville YA author Sharon Cameron delivers her latest fantasy adventure

In The Knowing, Sharon Cameron has written an enjoyable adventure story as compelling and well-written as her previous number-one New York Times bestseller, The Forgetting. Cameron will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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Hope is a Jagged Thing

Welcome Home, a collection of short stories by celebrated YA authors, focuses on adoption

The stories in Welcome Home: An Anthology on Love and Adoption depict a wide range of themes, but most revolve around a common axis: being torn between two decisions, two families, two versions of oneself. Editor Eric Smith and Tennessee contributors Dave Connis, Helen Dunbar, C.J. Redwine, Courtney C. Stevens, and Jeff Zentner will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 7 at 2 p.m.

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Book of Truths

Leah Weiss offers a bittersweet portrayal of an Appalachian community circa 1970

At times Leah Weiss’s debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, reads like an Appalachian Rashomon, with multiple voices describing similar events in the tiny community of Baines Creek, North Carolina. Weiss will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 21 at 6 p.m., at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 23 at 2 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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All the Things We Didn’t Know

In Nina LaCour’s latest YA novel, a young woman faces her ghosts

Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay gives up its terrible secrets slowly. College freshman Marin Delaney is haunted by the ghosts of her past—what she remembers, what she now knows to be the truth, and what she has yet to understand. LaCour will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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