Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Monsters, Murders, and Midlife

Bram Stoker Award-winning author Grady Hendrix pits housewives against an immortal villain

In his latest horror-comedy mashup, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix plumbs vampire legends and suburban expectations to create an original, terrifying, and inexplicably heartwarming tale.

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The Love-Rack

David Madden’s inventive biography details the writing life of an American noir master

David Madden’s The Voice of James M. Cain tells the story of his mentor’s development as writer, from young journalist to hard-boiled icon who believed in giving readers what they want.

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“Sound Advice”

Book Excerpt: Nine Bar Blues

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning short story writer, poet, and editor. She edited the Dark Matter speculative fiction anthologies, which won two World Fantasy Awards. Her previous books include Sleeping Under the Tree of Life and Shotgun Lullabies. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future is her first fiction collection. She lives in her hometown, Memphis.

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Boy Meets Girl

Insatiable lust and blind love torment the protagonist of Corey Mesler’s latest novel

Camel’s Bastard Son, the new novel from Memphis author Corey Mesler, is equal parts bizarre, hilarious, and sexually explicit.

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Healing on Her Own Terms

Ruthie Lindsey journeys through trauma and tragedy to truth and independence

In There I Am: The Journey from Helplessness to Healing, Ruthie Lindsey survives a car wreck, addiction, and the unraveling of the life and faith she was promised only to find that the capacity to heal lies within herself.

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Back to West Texas

Jeannette Brown’s The Illusion of Leaving follows its protagonist home to face her past

In Jeannette Brown’s The Illusion of Leaving, Jamie Wright leaves Silver Falls, Texas, gladly kicking the dust from her boots. But when her father’s impending death calls her back, Jamie must face her difficult past to imagine a different future.

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