Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kathryn Justice Leache

Hope and Change and Who You Know

A young couple with very different career goals navigates Obama-era D.C.

In Jennifer Close’s The Hopefuls a young married couple moves to Washington, D.C., and becomes enmeshed with the lives of a budding politician and his appealing wife. Close will discuss her new novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Babies, Bought and Sold

Lisa Wingate has created a fictional tale of a family torn apart by Memphis’s notorious black-market baby dealer

In Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate imagines the murky family history of a clan ripped apart by Georgia Tann, the real-life director of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, which served as a front for a black-market adoption operation out of Memphis. Wingate will appear at the Arts Building in Chattanooga on June 14, and at the Blount County Library in Maryville on June 15.

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One Corner at a Time

Beloved storyteller David Sedaris gives longtime readers a conspiratorial gift

In Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, essayist David Sedaris welcomes longtime fans even further into the story of his life. Sedaris will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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A bookseller recalls the excruciating final weeks of a beloved Memphis institution—and looks to a new store’s future

In January of this year, The Booksellers at Laurelwood began the process of liquidating its stock and closing its doors. As a new store rises from its ashes, Chapter 16’s Kathryn Justice Leache remembers the old store and looks toward the new one. It will be called Novel.

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A Werewolf Wearing What? Where?

Jessica Young takes another punny romp with two doggie best friends

Jessica Young’s latest early-reader graphic novel, Haggis and Tank Unleashed: Howl at the Moon, is a clever exploration of language and a celebration of imagination. Young will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 13 at 2 p.m.

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Henry the Brave

A young artist learns a thing or two about courage when his secret creation escapes

Jennifer Trafton’s Henry and the Chalk Dragon is a hilarious and touching tribute to the power of art and the courage it takes to unleash your imagination into the world. Trafton will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 15 at 10:30 a.m.

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