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Jeremy Scott talks with Chapter 16 about his second YA superhero novel, Strings

Nashvillian Jeremy Scott calls on his own experience with disability in writing The Ables, his young adult novel series. In the second installment, Strings, he pits his young protagonists against a hostile government and a sinister force.

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Shooting for Freedom

Sidney Thompson’s historical novel delivers an unforgettable character based on a true American hero

The true story of Bass Reeves, an enslaved Arkansan who became a frontier lawman, is the inspiration for Sidney Thompson’s historical novel Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves. The first volume in a planned trilogy, the book relates Reeves’ early years, before his legendary career as a U.S. marshal. Sidney Thompson will discuss Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves at Novel in Memphis on March 6.

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What Could and Could Not Be

A close bond between cousins is tested in Susan Beckham Zurenda’s debut novel

In Susan Beckham Zurenda’s debut novel, Bells for Eli, narrator Delia Green describes her close relationship through the years with her cousin Eli, whose family lives across the street in the small town of Green Branch, South Carolina. Their bond endures in the wake of an accident that changes both their lives forever. Zurenda will discuss Bells for Eli at The Arts Building in Chattanooga on March 2.

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Barbecuing the Hog

A political rookie hits the campaign trail

There was no sane reason for me to run for Congress, but 1970 was an insane year — and when one is young, all things seem possible.

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Mississippi Murder

Historian Trent Brown unpacks the meaning of the 1969 murder of a young girl

In Murder in McComb, Trent Brown revisits the killing of 12-year-old Tina Andrews, investigating both the crime and its larger meaning. Brown will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on February 25.   

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Light in Their Darkest Hour

Erik Larson brings Churchill and the Blitz to life

In The Splendid and the Vile, bestselling author Erik Larson explains how Winston Churchill inspired the British people to keep fighting through the dark days when Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Larson will appear at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville on February 25.

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