Chapter 16
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Memphis as Microcosm

Commercial Appeal reporter Daniel Connolly talks with Chapter 16 about the challenges facing the children of immigrants

Prior to his readings at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis, Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt, and the Southern Festival of Books, Commercial Appeal reporter Daniel Connolly talks with Chapter 16 about The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America. The interview is available in three formats: text, podcast, and streaming audio.

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Her Own Strangeness

A baby girl born with an abnormality faces an uncertain future in Brad Watson’s Miss Jane

Miss JaneBrad Watson’s Miss Jane follows the life of Jane Chisolm—a woman born in 1915 Mississippi with a genital abnormality—in a character study which also illuminates the rich internal terrain of those who know her best. Brad Watson will discuss Miss Jane at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Hidden Homelessness

Richard Schweid considers the plight of homeless families in Invisible Nation

schweid_invisible-nation-jacket-imageIn his ninth book, Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America, Richard Schweid surveys the plight of homeless children in five cities and considers possible solutions. Schweid will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Out of Time

Beth Revis’s latest YA novel features a desperate time traveler

a-world-without-you-hi-res-jacket-art“It’s dangerous to dwell in the past. You don’t have to be a time traveler to know that,” says the protagonist of A World Without You, the latest YA novel by Beth Revis. As it happens, this character is a time traveler, so he would know. Revis will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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“Tornado Warning”

Everything in the Universe Cover.inddEverything in the Universe is Amy Wright’s first full-length poetry collection. She is also the author of five chapbooks and Cracker Sonnets, a handbook of pop-culture Americana in verse, and is the co-author, with William Wright, of Creeks of the Upper South, a lyric reflection on changing waterways and cultural habitats. She will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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The Asymmetry of Friendship

David Arnold’s latest YA novel follows a gang of oddballs on a mission of mercy

kids_of_appetite_coverIn Kids of Appetite, David Arnold creates a narrator whose capacity for dizzying wordplay brings to life a cast of characters so bizarre and yet so basically decent that readers can’t help but cheer them on in their crazy mission. Arnold will discuss Kids of Appetite at Parnassus Books on September 19 and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 14-16.

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