Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Chris Scott

No Job for a Lady

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson tells of a French socialite’s crucial spy network

In Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, Lynne Olson tells the nearly forgotten story of how a privileged young woman built a spy network that helped defeat the Third Reich. Olson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 14.

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Founding Sailors

Nathaniel Philbrick explains how George Washington—and the French navy—won the American Revolution

With In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown, Nathaniel Philbrick delivers a gripping account of the campaigns of 1781, which broke the British hold on North America. Philbrick will appear at the Nashville Public Library on October 22 as part of the Salon@615 series.

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An Occupational Hazard

In Depth of Winter, Craig Johnson puts Sheriff Walt Longmire in a different cold place

In the latest Walt Longmire mystery, Craig Johnson sends his protagonist south of the border, where Walt must confront his greatest challenge: a hot landscape with a cold heart. Johnson will discuss Depth of Winter at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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The Mystic Chords of Memory

Jon Meacham sees a hopeful future in America’s past

In The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham examines this country’s history of division and finds optimism in the way Americans have responded to trying times. Meacham will appear in conversation with Governor Bill Haslam at Montgomery Bell Academy on May 12.

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Discovering the Right Stuff

Astronaut Scott Kelly tells the story of his quest for the stars

In Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, Scott Kelly and Margaret Lazarus Dean describe the making of an astronaut and the almost yearlong mission that made him a living science experiment in extended space flight.

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To Dream the Improbable Dream

With Frankenstein Dreams, editor Michael Sims presents twenty vintage works of science fiction

In his new anthology, Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction, Michael Sims explores early science fiction, a genre born during the rapid scientific and technological advances of the nineteenth century. Sims will discuss the book at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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