Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Liz Garrigan

Life Imitating Art

Killing Monica by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell is an autobiographical comic novel

June 25, 2015 Anyone who lived in a cave between 1998 and 2004, when HBO aired Sex and the City—a series based on Candace Bushnell’s novel of the same name—might read Killing Monica with virgin eyes. Everyone else will find the sexcapades in Bushnell’s new book exactly what they bargained for. Bushnell will discuss Killing Monica at the Nashville Public Library on June 30, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

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Small-Town Secrets

Annie Barrows takes readers to Depression-era West Virginia, where one family’s unresolved history finally unravels

June 19, 2015 Though Annie Barrows is also a successful children’s book writer, she is best known for being the co-author of the 2008 bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Now Barrows is back with The Truth According to Us, a Southern novel about the Depression-era town of Macedonia, West Virginia. Barrows will discuss her new novel at the Nashville Public Library on June 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

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To Recall a Mockingbird

Marja Mills remembers her time as Harper Lee’s next-door neighbor

June 3, 2015 When Marja Mills lived next door to Harper Lee, she frequently dined with the legendary author of To Kill A Mockingbird, her sister Alice, and their close circle of friends. Mills will discuss her memoir about the experience, The Mockingbird Next Door, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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Sin City Badges

Bill Loehfelm’s latest thriller finds an honest cop the target of a cop-killing ring

February 20, 2014 Maureen Coughlin, the protagonist of Bill Loehfelm’s debut thriller, The Devil She Knows, is back in Doing the Devil’s Work, but she’s still finding her way in the notoriously corrupt New Orleans Police Department. Loehfelm will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on February 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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One Tough Broad

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York writes an exceptionally honest new book about her path to politics and the issues women face

September 17, 2014 Kirsten Gillibrand is only the sixth—the sixth—woman in history to give birth while serving in Congress, and though she has unfortunately few peers, she gets the challenges facing contemporary women. Her new book, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, is a call to arms urging women to get involved and change the outcome on issues important to them. Gillibrand will discuss her book at a ticketed event at Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall on September 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.

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A Weighty Biography

Carol Bradley traces the life of a circus elephant brutally abused for two decades before finally finding peace at Hohenwald’s Elephant Sanctuary

September 12, 2014 Carol Bradley’s meticulously researched new book, Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top, is a heartrending biography of an Asian elephant brutalized for decades. But it is also a history of the perverse form of entertainment known as the circus. Carol Bradley will discuss Last Chain on Billie at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 19, 2014, at 6 p.m., at I Love Books in Kingsport on September 20, 2014, at 1 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.

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