Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Sarah Carter

Coming of Age on Public-Access TV

Jeff Zentner’s latest YA novel is a B-movie-themed delight

Jeff Zentner’s new YA novel, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, is a coming-of-age story about two best friends and their monster-movie show in Jackson, Tennessee. Zentner will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 26.

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Marsh Girl

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens’s first foray into fiction, is a bestseller

In Where the Crawdads Sing, the debut novel by veteran nature writer Delia Owens, a young girl is abandoned in the coastal marshlands of North Carolina. Owens will discuss the novel, a 2018 selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 18.

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Bon Appetite, Y’all!

Carla Hall turns her international culinary expertise toward her first love—soul food

Soul Food, the third cookbook by Nashville native Carla Hall, is still new, with no stains. But the recipes in the book have been passed down through Southern kitchens on many food-stained recipe cards. Hall will appear in conversation with Kelly Pickler at Parnassus Books in Nashville on December 4.

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United We Stand

In The Divided City, Alan Mallach considers how the revival of American cities can create opportunity for all

On October 22, Alan Mallach will discuss The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America, an examination of the changing face of America’s cities, at Novel in Memphis.

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True Love’s Weight

Linda Kay Klein looks at the fallout from evangelical Christianity’s purity movement

Linda Kay Klein’s Pure encompasses twelve years of fieldwork and research about the effects of purity culture in evangelical Christian churches. Klein will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 19 at 7 p.m.

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Chandeliers and Self-Discovery

Claire Fullerton’s new protagonist comes of age in 1970s Memphis

Set in 1970s Memphis, Claire Fullerton’s latest novel, Mourning Dove, captures its characters’ failing efforts to maintain Southern decorum in a swiftly changing world. Fullerton will appear at Novel in Memphis on September 11.

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