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Deception, War, … Murder?

Gerry Wilson’s debut novel explores the insidious nature of generational lies

Gerry Wilson delivers a vibrant debut novel, That Pinson Girl, on the impact of generational trauma, lies, and secrecy. Wilson will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on February 20.

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The Beauty in Descending

Karen Outen’s Dixon, Descending brings to life two brothers with a costly ambition 

Karen Outen’s debut novel, Dixon, Descending, explores themes of brotherhood, ambition, and the acceptance of one’s own mortality. Outen will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 8.

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The Safest Place in the World

Alan Gratz’s new novel for young readers explores the events of December 7, 1941

“I was afraid. Of pretty much everything. There were a hundred ways to die at Pearl Harbor,” admits 13-year-old Frank, the main character and narrator of Heroes: A Novel of Pearl Harbor, the latest in Alan Gratz’s series of action-packed historical novels for young readers. Gratz will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 25. 

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Afrofuturism and the Art of Seeing

Reflections on Tales of Wakanda and the visionary literature of the African diaspora

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Black authors, along with visual artists, musicians, designers, and activists, have long learned to zip into the cloak of art we now call Afrofuturism to imagine possible futures that embrace truly liberated Black bodies and stories. Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, an anthology edited by Memphis native Jesse J. Holland, joins this tradition through multiple perspectives on the world of Marvel’s T’Challa.

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Loving the Ways You’ve Changed

The ups and downs of 40+ years in a same-sex relationship

In The Way from Me to Us, Mike Coleman recounts his challenges and personal growth as a gay man, both in his early life and through more than 40 years with his husband.

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Honoring Grief, History, and Family

Crystal Wilkinson on her new culinary memoir, Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts

Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts, a food memoir by former Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson, offers a banquet of voices, memories, imagination, and archival photographs. Wilkinson will appear at The Bookshop in Nashville on February 2 and Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 3.

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