Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Red, White, Blue, and Red

In A Good American Family, David Maraniss explores the Red Scare of the 1950s

In A Good American Family, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss turns his remarkable talents as a journalist and historian toward the history of his father’s trials during the years of the Red Scare. Maraniss will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 22.

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Setting the World Aflame

Twins fight for justice in Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s latest YA fantasy

In The Exalted, the second in her fantasy series, Memphis YA author Kaitlyn Sage Patterson, a Maryville native, continues the story of a rebellious teen and her long-lost twin as they fight against oppression. Patterson will appear at Novel in Memphis on May 21.

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Taking Stock of the South

Tony Horwitz revisits the complex character of life below the Mason-Dixon Line

In Spying on the South, Tony Horwitz adds another formidable and lively chapter to the continuing examination of Southern culture that he began with his acclaimed 1998 bestseller Confederates in the Attic. Horwitz will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 21.

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Trapped in the Wrong Body

Meredith Russo’s new YA novel asks what you should do when everybody who “knows” you is wrong

In Birthday, Stonewall Award-winning novelist Meredith Russo traces the painful path Morgan must take to live as her true self. In installments spaced a year apart, Morgan travels from confusion to self-loathing—and finally to acceptance.

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In Colder Blood

Casey Cep’s Furious Hours tells the true story of Harper Lee’s plan to out-Capote her old friend Truman Capote

Casey Cep structures Furious Hours, her debut nonfiction book, around three leading characters: an Alabama serial killer, the lawyer who defended him, and novelist Harper Lee, who hoped to write their story. Cep will discuss the book at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on May 17.

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