Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Miami Meets Middle America

A Cuban American writer recounts the revelations of her own otherness in white America

In My Time Among the Whites, Jennine Capó Crucet, the American-born daughter of Cuban refugees, describes a childhood spent in the relative cultural comfort of Miami and then, as an adult, her disparate life experiences against the wider American landscape. Crucet will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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A Hero’s Journey

Four orphans search for answers in William Kent Krueger’s This Tender Land

William Kent Krueger’s This Tender Land follows four orphans as they venture beyond all they’ve known to find answers about their families. Krueger will discuss the novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 10 and at Novel in Memphis on September 11.

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Poltergeists in Paris

A girl and a ghost take on a poltergeist in Victoria Schwab’s Tunnel of Bones

In Tunnel of Bones, the second book in Victoria Schwab’s middle-grade City of Ghosts series, Cassidy Blake and her ghostly best friend, Jacob, encounter a poltergeist in Paris. Schwab will discuss Tunnel of Bones at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 8.

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No Closure

Elliot Ackerman’s memoir offers a soldier’s-eye view of conflicts in the Middle East

Elliot Ackerman reveals the complexities and personal costs of war in his memoir, Places and Names. Ackerman will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Hubris Against God and Man

Rebecca Hanover’s debut YA novel looks at the questions surrounding human cloning

When 16-year-old Emma Chance loses her best friend to suicide, she never dreams that one of her new classmates will turn out to be his clone. In The Similars, first-time YA author Rebecca Hanover uses a story about human cloning to examine the evils of sexism, racism, and xenophobia.

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When First Love Could Kill

Helene Dunbar’s new YA novel explores coming of age during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic

In We Are Lost and Found, Helene Dunbar tells the story of three teens navigating the turbulent waters of New York City as the AIDS crisis emerges. Dunbar will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 6; Ya-Hoo Fest in Chattanooga on September 21; and the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.   

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