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Sarah Norris

The Heart of the Matter

What Remains, the second YA novel by Helene Dunbar, is a tale of tragedy and revelation

May 6, 2015 What Remains, the new novel by Nashville YA author Helene Dunbar, is the story of a teenager who’s had the same best friends since first grade. When a tragic car accident upends his life, he is forced to reckon with his grief, guilt, and a new existence he’s not convinced he even wants. Dunbar will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 11, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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Bake and Date

Audrey Shulman’s Sitting in Bars with Cake is an illustrated memoir-cum-cookbook about attempting to bake her way into a boyfriend’s heart

March 30, 2015 In 2013, Nashville native Audrey Shulman set out on an unconventional quest for a boyfriend. Over the course of a year, she came up with original recipes for fifty different cakes, which she took to fifty different bars, proffering slices to dozens of romantic prospects. She details the results in her first book, Sitting in Bars with Cake. Shulman will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 4, 2015, at 1 p.m.

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Poetry in the Air

On the weekly radio show “Difficult Listening,” David M. Harris shares poetry, music, world news, advice, and memories

March 13, 2014 Broadcast on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, Radio Free Nashville’s “Difficult Listening” program is hosted by David M. Harris. The show centers on poetry: Harris, a writer himself, reads poems on the air and offers his own interpretations.

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Mother Lode

Kelly Corrigan’s third memoir, Glitter and Glue, is a poignant tale of learning to love her mother

February 18, 2015 In her newest memoir, Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan weaves together the complicated story of her relationship with her own mother and her 1992 experience as a nanny for a motherless family in Australia. Kelly Corrigan will discuss her third memoir, Glittler and Glue, at Gilda’s Club in Nashville on February 25, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a paperback copy of the bestselling memoir.

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Killer Memory

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’s debut thriller, is an enthralling tour de force

February 4, 2015 Told from the shifting perspectives of three women, The Girl on the Train by British novelist Paula Hawkins is a tautly paced crime story about the disappearance of one of the narrators. The complex personalities in this tour de force prove to be as suspenseful as the novel’s masterful whodunit. Paula Hawkins will appear at the Nashville Public Library on February 8, 2015, at 3 p.m.

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Pushed to the Edge

Samantha Shannon talks with Chapter 16 about The Mime Order, the new novel in her mind-bendingly good dystopian series

February 2, 2015 In The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon’s runaway bestseller, the young clairvoyant Paige Mahoney has a talent for reading minds that continually lands her in mortal danger. The charismatic protagonist is back in Shannon’s new dystopian thriller, The Mime Order, and Shannon will read from the book at the Nashville Public Library on February 10, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

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