Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Summer Reading

Once upon a time, Donna Parker and Trixie Belden saved a lonely little girl

For a child in small-town Alabama, books provided solace in summers without friends and activities.

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What We Own

Vince Vawter takes young readers on a road trip to the Mississippi Delta

Copyboy, the new middle-grade novel by Vince Vawter, is a sequel worthy of its exceptional predecessor, Paperboy, a 2014 Newbery Honor Book. Vawter will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on July 31 and at East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on August 7.

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“Dreaming We’re E.M. Bailey’s Dancers”

Book Excerpt: Speak, My Tongue

Chattanooga poet Carrie Meadows grew up around leather workers, doll makers, quilters, and tall-tale tellers who taught her the importance of straight stitches and good stories. On July 15 Meadows will give a reading at the Hexagon Brewing Company in Knoxville as part of the SAFTA Reading Series.

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Island of Secrets

Beatriz Williams’s The Summer Wives explores the secrets of an insular community

Beatriz Williams’s The Summer Wives follows a young woman’s long entanglement with an insular island community and its coded world of secrets, gossip, and cross-cultural tensions. Williams will discuss The Summer Wives at Novel in Memphis on July 15.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Kimberly Belle’s new thriller is a white-knuckled tale of child abduction

There are few unsavory aspects of modern life that Kingsport native Kimberly Belle doesn’t weave into Three Days Missing, a thriller that tells the heart-racing story of an eight-year-old boy gone missing. Belle will appear at Allandale Mansion in Kingsport on June 26 and at Novel in Memphis on July 9.

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Wrestling for a Blessing

Bestselling Christian writer Rachel Held Evans re-examines the evangelical teachings of her youth

In her new book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, Dayton author Rachel Held Evans attempts to reconcile the simple religious instruction she received as a child with the complicated reality of life outside her faith community.

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