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Sherlock Holmes: The Fifth Generation

Tracy Barrett introduces kids to the descendants of the world’s greatest detective

May 26, 2010 What if Sherlock Holmes had married? And what if that union had produced children, who produced more children, until there were two great-great-great-grandchildren who had inherited their famous ancestor’s detective skills? The siblings would star in a series of detective stories, of course. Welcome to The Sherlock Files by Nashvillian Tracy Barrett.

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Killer Contest

Killer Nashville’s contest deadline extended to June 1

May 26, 2010 Aspiring mystery novelists, take note: the deadline for the Claymore Award, a contest sponsored by Killer Nashville, has been extended to June 1, and the list of genres now open for consideration has been expanded, as well. Up to ten manuscripts will be considered for publication by Five Star/Tekno Books. Read contest details here.

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Online auction “Do the Write Thing” brings in $75,000 for Tennessee flood relief

May 25, 2010 The waters finally receded, but as the news reports got grimmer and grimmer and the photographs got more and more heartbreaking, three Nashville novelists decided to do something about the flood. As thousands of citizens fanned out across the region to help their neighbors drag saturated carpet and drywall to the street, Myra McEntire, Amanda Morgan, and Victoria Schwab tried to think of a way to use their connections as writers to help.

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The Good Books

What if all you ever wanted was a kid who loves books, and your daughter turns out to have bad taste in literature?

May 24, 2010 My daughter was born, grew, sat up, ate mush, and all the while I was happy with the books I’d carefully selected for her. Thalia, however, seemed not so terribly interested. I began to wonder if, horror of horrors, my squirmy kid was not going to like reading. But she grew some more, and I watched her reading enthusiasm grow, too. Only it was growing for books I didn’t choose—books I considered problematic.

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Meet Kenyon's Minions

Mega-bestselling novelist Sherrilyn Kenyon hosts an international book-launch event—at a hotel in Franklin

May 24, 2010 The numbers are astonishing: ten times in the past two years, Hohenwald novelist Sherrilyn Kenyon has landed in the number-one slot of The New York Times bestseller list. Kenyon already has twenty-two million copies in print of her paranormal books for adults, and those titles have been printed in more than thirty different countries. Tonight she launches a new series of books, this time for teen readers, called The Chronicles of Nick.

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All Stories Considered

Ann Patchett picks a winner in NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction contest

May 21, 2010 From a field of more than 4,000 entrants, Ann Patchett has awarded the first-place prize in National Public Radio’s Three-Minute Fiction contest to Yoav Ben Yosef’s “Not Calling Attention to Ourselves.” Listen to Patchett read the story—and offer some priceless advice about what makes a short-story work—here.

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