Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Faye Jones

A Time of War and Treachery

Brenda Rickman Vantrease takes readers back to the Civil Warthe English one

In Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s new novel, The Queen’s Promise, three women must make dangerous choices as England collapses into civil war. Vantrease will appear at Parnassus Books on August 19, and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14. Both events are in Nashville.

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Summer Reading

Once upon a time, Donna Parker and Trixie Belden saved a lonely little girl

For a child in small-town Alabama, books provided solace in summers without friends and activities.

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Time for Murder

Tracee de Hahn’s new thriller features a suspicious death in the Swiss watch industry

Greed, betrayal, and espionage abound in A Well-Timed Murder, Tracee de Hahn’s new thriller, but would someone actually commit murder for a new watch design? De Hahn will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 13 and at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on February 14.

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The Crooked Road Less Taken

Jill Bialosky shows how poetry has added shape and meaning to her life

In her new memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life, Jill Bialosky describes the way certain poems offered comfort through difficult times. Bialosky will give a free public reading at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on February 26.

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Hometown Homicide

A detective returns to his hometown to recuperate but finds something else

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson never expected to return to his sleepy hometown, but it’s the perfect place to recuperate. Then the first murder victim is discovered. Layton Green will discuss Written in Blood at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 12 at 2 p.m.

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The Earth Remembers

Anna-Marie McLemore weaves a tale of cursed families and forbidden love

The cursed characters in Anna-Marie McLemore’s magical-realist novel, Wild Beauty, have the power to bring plants into bloom, but the people they love are doomed to vanish. McLemore will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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