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A Different Dark

Jim Minick captures the human drama of a deadly F5 tornado in Without Warning

Jim Minick’s Without Warning: The Tornado of Udall, Kansas offers a gripping nonfiction narrative of the deadliest tornado in Kansas history. Minick will speak at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City on November 15.

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Looking Back on 50 Years of Tennessee Books

50 Books / HT50, Part Three: 1991-1994

The third installment in our 50 Books / HT50 project features books from the first half of the 1990s, a period that saw the opening of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, a record-breaking blizzard in East Tennessee, and the election of a Tennessean, Al Gore, to the vice presidency.

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A Book About Now

Sharon Cameron’s latest YA novel explores the difference between art and artifice

For Artifice, her third young adult novel set during World War II, Nashville author Sharon Cameron paints a colorful and suspenseful thriller inspired by historical heroes and villains living in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. Cameron will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 7.

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Bearing Witness

David Dark on resisting “deferential fear”

In We Become What We Normalize, David Dark considers the societal cost of going along to get along. Dark will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 10, Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 12, and Novel in Memphis on November 19.

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Strength in Vulnerability

Poet, memoirist, and playwright Dan O’Brien discusses his three new books

This year marks the publication of three books by Dan O’Brien: Survivor’s Notebook, his fifth poetry collection; From Scarsdale, a childhood memoir mining familial trauma; and True Story, a trilogy of documentary plays.

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Changing Times

In The Forsaken and the Dead, Sidney Thompson portrays the final years of famed lawman Bass Reeves

Sidney Thompson talks with Chapter 16 about his trilogy of novels based on the life of Bass Reeves, a celebrated Black U.S. Marshal. Thompson will appear at Novel in Memphis on November 16.

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