Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kathryn Justice Leache

A Glowing Review

Lynn Frierson Faust shares her passion for bioluminescent beetles—a.k.a. lightning bugs

Lynn Frierson Faust’s new book, Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs, is an accessible, beautiful, and comprehensive guide to fireflies and their cousins. Faust will discuss her work at the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society in Oak Ridge on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and Union Ave. Books will be on hand for book purchases.

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Maternal Longing

Mothers—absent and otherwise—are the dynamic force at the center of Brit Bennett’s debut

In Brit Bennett’s debut novel, The Mothers, a teenage girl’s casual fling in the wake of her mother’s suicide profoundly recalibrates her life and the lives of those closest to her. Bennett will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Vault that would Change Their Lives

Megan Abbott’s latest novel mines gymnastics to menacing effect

abbott_youwillknowmeYou Will Know Me, the latest novel from suspense master Megan Abbott, focuses on a gymnastics prodigy and her family as they grapple with an unexpected and tragic accident. Abbott will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Justice and Peace

A former slave struggles to know what justice might look like after the murder of her son

The Orphan MotherIn The Orphan Mother, Robert Hicks revisits the setting and characters of his debut novel, The Widow of the South, at the dawn of Reconstruction. During the next month, Hicks will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Books-a-Million in Mt. Juliet, The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis, and the Southern Festival of Books.

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Hornet’s Nest

A brother’s recklessness decimates his siblings’ inheritance in Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest

June 22, 2016 In Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest, four middle-aged siblings allow the promise of a future windfall to wreak havoc on their lives. Sweeney will discuss her debut novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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Throwback Thriller

A serial killer with a twisted agenda stalks Nashville in J.T. Ellison’s Taylor Jackson prequel, Field of Graves

June 8, 2016 Field of Graves, a prequel to J.T. Ellison’s popular Taylor Jackson series, takes readers back in time for a serial-killer thriller with a side of juicy backstory. Ellison will appear with Heather Graham at the Green Hills Library in Nashville on June 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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