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Postcard From Paris

A new perspective on the City of Lights

This spring, I returned to Paris for the first time — with almost two decades of marriage, three kids, a freshly minted technical college diploma, and a new career in construction under my belt. The city looked very different.

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Fire Children

With Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson continues to perfect his gift for surreal tragicomedy

In Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson once again dazzles with a bizarre, comic, and heartbreaking tale of two children who spontaneously burst into flames and the wayward woman who comes to love them. Kevin Wilson will discuss Nothing to See Here at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 11.

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A Man Opposed to Most Things

An oral history captures the legend of Knoxvillian Cas Walker

One of Knoxville’s most colorful and controversial characters is remembered in Cas Walker: Stories on His Life and Legend, an oral history edited by Joshua S. Hodge, who died earlier this year. An event to honor the memory of Hodge and celebrate the release of the book will be held at the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on November 5.

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Not Quite, but Close Enough

Pat Conroy’s widow pays tribute to the larger-than-life author and their 18 years together

In Tell Me a Story, Cassandra King Conroy recalls her happy marriage to the late novelist Pat Conroy. The author will appear at Novel in Memphis on November 5, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 7, and at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga on December 5.

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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. Maraniss will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 5 and Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in Nashville on November 30.

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Hiking Through History

Paul Fink describes early forays into the Smoky Mountains in Mountain Days, a lost classic of wilderness travel

Paul Fink was an early champion of the Appalachian Trail and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mountain Days collects his colorful journals and historic photographs of 20 mountain backpacking excursions between 1914 and 1938.

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