Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Liz Garrigan

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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Misogyny and Murder

Nashville mystery writer Steven Womack teams up with a screenwriter in his new thriller, Resurrection Bay

June 11, 2014 Based on the story of notorious Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen, who murdered as many as twenty-one women near Anchorage between 1971 and 1983, the bad guy of Resurrection Bay, jointly written by Steven Womack and Wayne McDaniel, is Decatur Kaiser, baker by day and butcher by night. Edgar Award-winning novelist Steven Womack will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 17, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

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The Old Man And The Sequel

Edgar finalist Daniel Friedman resurrects hilarious octogenarian cop Buck Schatz

May 21, 2014 When last we heard from retired Memphis Police Detective Baruch “Buck” Schatz, the hysterical Jewish octogenarian in Daniel Friedman’s 2012 debut novel, Don’t Ever Get Old, he was taking a break from watching Fox News, considering his bowel progress, and smoking Lucky Strikes while an escaped Nazi war criminal tried to kill him. Friedman will discuss the book’s sequel, Don’t Ever Look Back, at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on May 27, 2014, at 6 p.m., and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 1, 2014, at 2 p.m.

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History, Meet Mystery

Greg Iles is back, and his new thriller channels the storytelling style of William Faulkner

April 24, 2014 In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the mayor of Natchez, Mississippi, gets a phone call that will change his life forever—and possibly reveal many secrets from the South’s deadly civil-rights struggle. New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles is back with a megathriller, Natchez Burning, the first in a trilogy whose themes of race relations, Southern tradition, and the corrupting nature of power are woven throughout a story so powerful that its 800 pages seem less like a challenge than a gift. Iles will discuss Natchez Burning at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on May 1, 2014, at 6 p.m.

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