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No Gray Area

Mark Greaney’s Gray Man delivers action and drama in Burner

Burner, the 12th volume in Mark Greaney’s popular Gray Man series, is another high-octane dose of excitement and thrills to rival the best James Bond or Jack Reacher yarns. Greaney will celebrate the release of Burner at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous in Memphis on February 25.

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Let This Homeplace Speak

An award-winning poet reflects on nature, violence, and personal histories

In his latest collection, Blue If Only I Could Tell You, distinguished poet Richard Tillinghast explores his sharp connection to places past and present. Tillinghast will appear at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on February 23.

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Heartbreak and Betrayal

J.T. Ellison pens a deeply personal, compelling thriller with It’s One of Us

Family secrets and murder test a couple’s faith in each other in J.T. Ellison’s most personal, emotion-laden novel to date. The author will discuss It’s One of Us at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 20.

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A Masterful, Lyrical Satire

Memphis takes center stage in Richard Bausch’s Playhouse

In Richard Bausch’s latest novel, Playhouse, a Memphis theater company stages a performance of King Lear to celebrate a high-profile relaunch. As rehearsals begin, celebrities sign on, and the characters struggle to find harmony, let alone pull off the play.

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Alexander van der Pool

Book Excerpt: Edge of the Wind

Set in a West Tennessee town, James E. Cherry’s Edge of the Wind explores the connection between jazz and poetry — and between racism and mental illness. The novel, originally published in 2016, has been reissued in a new edition with a foreword by Charles Dodd White.

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Ministering to the Least of These

A family learns about grace from a death row prisoner 

He Called Me Sister: A True Story of Finding Humanity on Death Row, by Suzanne Craig Robertson, chronicles the relationship between her family and death row prisoner Cecil Johnson. Robertson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 21.

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