Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Liz Garrigan

Decoding a Civil-War Mystery

In Linda Lee Peterson’s latest novel, a San Francisco editor returns to her Southern roots to unravel ancient family intrigue and forbidden love

October 22, 2015 In Linda Lee Peterson’s third novel, The Spy on the Tennessee Walker, San Francisco magazine editor Maggie Fiori learns that her great-great-great grandmother was a nurse who treated soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and who engaged in a love affair with a freed slave. Peterson will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on October 27, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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Presumed Guilty

Sallie Bissell’s latest Mary Crow mystery revisits a cold case with a ten-year-old victim

September 23, 2015 Every so often, the Pisgah County Police Department reopens the cold case that is colder than any other: the 1989 murder of ten-year-old Teresa Ewing. And when they do, it turns the lives of the people who were once her friends into a nightmare. Sallie Bissell will discuss the latest book in her Mary Crow series, A Judgment of Whispers, at BookManBookWoman in Nashville on October 3, 2015, at 3 p.m.

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Poetic Thrills

Erica Wright demonstrates her range with a debut crime novel

July 20, 2015 The protagonist in Erica Wright’s debut crime thriller, The Red Chameleon, is Kathleen Stone, a retired NYPD cop once on the organized-crime beat. At just twenty-five, Stone is already a veritable has-been, a P.I. who now parlays her gift for disguises into spying on marital philanderers and other seemingly less dangerous pursuits. Then she wanders into her client’s murdered husband in an Upper East Side bar. Erica Wright will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Life Imitating Art

Killing Monica by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell is an autobiographical comic novel

June 25, 2015 Anyone who lived in a cave between 1998 and 2004, when HBO aired Sex and the City—a series based on Candace Bushnell’s novel of the same name—might read Killing Monica with virgin eyes. Everyone else will find the sexcapades in Bushnell’s new book exactly what they bargained for. Bushnell will discuss Killing Monica at the Nashville Public Library on June 30, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

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Small-Town Secrets

Annie Barrows takes readers to Depression-era West Virginia, where one family’s unresolved history finally unravels

June 19, 2015 Though Annie Barrows is also a successful children’s book writer, she is best known for being the co-author of the 2008 bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Now Barrows is back with The Truth According to Us, a Southern novel about the Depression-era town of Macedonia, West Virginia. Barrows will discuss her new novel at the Nashville Public Library on June 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

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To Recall a Mockingbird

Marja Mills remembers her time as Harper Lee’s next-door neighbor

June 3, 2015 When Marja Mills lived next door to Harper Lee, she frequently dined with the legendary author of To Kill A Mockingbird, her sister Alice, and their close circle of friends. Mills will discuss her memoir about the experience, The Mockingbird Next Door, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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