Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Ripe for Excitement

A naïve young woman is captivated by 1940s New York in Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls

With City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert delivers a perfect by-the-pool book, full of spectacle, glitz, and bygone glamour. Gilbert will appear at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on June 17.

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Secrets for Sale

The CIA is under attack in Mike Maden’s Tom Clancy Enemy Contact

What would happen if cyber thieves managed to hack the CIA? That’s the terrifying premise of Tom Clancy Enemy Contact, the third novel in the Jack Ryan Jr. suspense series from Knoxville writer Mike Maden. Maden will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 15.

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A World on Fire

In Eric Barnes’ Above the Ether, survivors of global catastrophe seek new beginnings

Eric Barnes’ Above the Ether follows characters who survive flood, fire, and pestilence in an attempt to start anew in the burned-out shell of an industrial city. Eric Barnes will discuss Above the Ether at Novel in Memphis on June 11.

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A Queendom Under the Sea

In Sea Sirens by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee, young readers take an underwater fantasy adventure

Illustrator Janet K. Lee will celebrate the release of the graphic novel Sea Sirens, her collaboration with comic book writer Amy Chu, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 11.

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Where Food Meets Science

Amanda Little’s The Fate of Food considers the future of our global table

Nashville author Amanda Little traveled the globe—touching down in orchards, fields, oceans, and science labs—to research her new book The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. She’ll appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 13.

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This Land is Our Land

Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw uncover the soul of America through its songs

In a new collaboration, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and Grammy Award-winning musician Tim McGraw explore music’s influence on the American soul, telling the story of our nation through the works of poets, composers, gospel choirs, folk singers, and rock-and-rollers.

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