Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Siblings in Exile

A brother and sister wrestle with the past in Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House

Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House traces the complex and often torturous history of a pair of siblings and the alluring mansion they called home, once upon a time. Patchett will discuss the book at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on September 23 and at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Got a Story About That, Too

With Staff Picks, George Singleton once again proves his mastery of the comically absurd

In Staff Picks, George Singleton continues his exploration of frailty and optimism through the lens of comic absurdity. Singleton will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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The Devil’s Nightmare

Kerri Maniscalco ends her Victorian murder mystery series at the Chicago World’s Fair

In her young adult novel Capturing the Devil, Kerri Maniscalco once again combines romance, murder, and Victorian manners into an intoxicating cocktail that brings the Stalking Jack the Ripper mystery series to a satisfying close.

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A Mystical Blend of Humor and Heartbreak

Realism and fantasy mix in Etgar Keret’s Fly Already

Etgar Keret’s story collection Fly Already takes readers into a quirky yet penetrating world. Keret will appear at the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on September 16.

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At Childhood’s End

Four young friends discover more about the world — and themselves — than they bargained for

Shannon Greenland’s Scouts is an old-fashioned summer adventure story, complete with wild animals, a menacing mountain clan, spooky caves, and dangerous strangers. Greenland will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Deflection and Redemption

Susan Neiman considers America’s moral possibilities in Learning from the Germans

Through anecdote, testimony, and thorough research, Susan Neiman explores moral responses in postwar Germany and throughout the American South in Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. Neiman will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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