Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Julie Danielson

Making Good Trouble

Rhonda Rucker discusses her new picture book, Make a Change, about a slice of Knoxville history

In her new picture book, written with help from her husband, Sparky, Maryville children’s author Rhonda Rucker tells a story of peaceful protest in segregation-era Knoxville.

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Haunted Handbook

Rebecca Green’s debut picture book introduces some friendly ghosts

Look no further for new Halloween reading with children: Nashville illustrator Rebecca Green delights young readers with her debut picture book, How to Make Friends with a Ghost.

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Remembering Pat

The world of children’s lit mourns the loss of the legendary Patricia C. McKissack

Middle Tennessee native Patricia C. McKissack, acclaimed author and storyteller, died near her home in Missouri on April 7. Her body of work, which includes many books written with her late husband Fredrick, did much to champion the African American experience.

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Just Let Them Play

Patricia C. McKissack discusses her ebullient new collection of African American childhood lore

Nashville native Patricia C. McKissack talks with Chapter 16 about Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, & Stories from an African American Childhood, her one-of-a-kind collection of African American children’s play-time lore.

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All Fluff, Movement, and Joy

Robert J. Blake takes two dogs on a Parisian adventure in Victor and Hugo

Robert J. Blake will visit Parnassus Books on February 4 to read and sign Victor and Hugo. His newest picture book celebrates a canine friendship and the sights, sounds, and music of Paris.

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Ghost Town

Ashley Crownover highlights Nashville’s haunts in a new book for young readers

nashvillebooAshley Crownover invites the ghost of Hank Williams to guide children on a tour of Nashville’s haunted spots in her new picture book, Nashville Boo! She will haunt Nashville’s East Side Story herself with a special Halloween party and book-signing on October 29 at 5 p.m.

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