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Calling All Whuffos

Tracy Barrett’s new YA novel explores the ups and downs of skydiving

Through a tale of skydiving, Tracy Barrett’s new YA novel, Freefall Summer, explores the ins and outs of growing up. Barrett will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 14.

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Migrants Through Time

Mohsin Hamid talks with Chapter 16 about his acclaimed literary bestseller, Exit West

Mohsin Hamid’s work conveys a deep moral questioning and a valiant effort to make sense of a world turned upside down. Prior to his appearance at Parnassus Books on April 9, Hamid answered questions about his newest novel, Exit West.

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Life is Not a Bard’s Song

Madeline Miller reframes and retells the story of Homer’s Circe

Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles, is back with Circe, another brilliant revamp of tales and characters drawn from Homeric poetry. Miller will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 11.

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At the Intersection of Real and Not Real

Leah Stewart’s latest novel shines a spotlight on the art of acting under pressure

Ostensibly the story of a kidnapping, Leah Stewart’s clever new novel, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw, is also an examination of the cult of celebrity. Stewart, a Vanderbilt graduate, will appear at Novel in Memphis on April 11 and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 13.

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Celebrating a Good Cry

Nikki Giovanni’s most recent collection centers on joy and pain

Celebrated poet, children’s author, essayist, and activist Nikki Giovanni will deliver the Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on April 5.

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The Allure of the Absolutes

Alan Lightman revisits eternal questions in Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

In a new collection of essays, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, Memphis native and acclaimed novelist Alan Lightman seeks to reconcile the material and the mystical.

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