Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Ed Tarkington

My One and Only Now and Forever

In Mary Miller’s Biloxi, a border collie leads a man in crisis out of ennui to enlightenment

With Biloxi, Mary Miller delivers a whimsical Southern tragicomedy that evokes both Eudora Welty and Joy Williams. Miller will appear at Novel in Memphis on May 29

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Red, White, Blue, and Red

In A Good American Family, David Maraniss explores the Red Scare of the 1950s

In A Good American Family, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss turns his remarkable talents as a journalist and historian toward the history of his father’s trials during the years of the Red Scare. Maraniss will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 22.

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Taking Stock of the South

Tony Horwitz revisits the complex character of life below the Mason-Dixon Line

In Spying on the South, Tony Horwitz adds another formidable and lively chapter to the continuing examination of Southern culture that he began with his acclaimed 1998 bestseller Confederates in the Attic. Horwitz will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 21.

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False Impressions and True Selves

Michael Knight’s At Briarwood School for Girls is haunted—and haunting

Michael Knight’s new novel, At Briarwood School for Girls, juxtaposes teen pregnancy, boarding- school intrigue, an ill-fated attempt to build a Disney theme park next to a Civil War battlefield, and a visitation of spirits. Knight will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 4.

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Try it Again, More Like You

In I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott delivers an irresistibly charming memoir in essays

“My name is Mary Laura, and I am addicted to getting things right.” In I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott, co-host of Nashville Public Television’s A Word on Words and founding editor of Parnassus Books’ digital magazine, Musings, delivers a witty, whimsical, deeply moving meditation on facing down despair and finding joy in imperfection. Philpott will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 1 and at Novel in Memphis on April 17.

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To Inhabit the World When the Music Stops

In The Weight of a Piano, Chris Cander links the lives of two women through their love of a rare piano

In The Weight of a Piano, novelist Chris Cander delivers a tale of generations and continents, a tragic love story, and a powerful meditation on the power of music—and of silence. Cander will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 1.

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