Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Among Family

A neglected girl finds a home in Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won is the eagerly awaited sequel to Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s Newbery Honor-winning middle-grade novel, The War That Saved My Life. Bradley will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 30.

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What Truths We Can Stomach

The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist tells the story of two flawed trial experts

In The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington delve into the tangled history of two scientific “experts” in the Mississippi court system. Balko and Carrington will discuss The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 10 at 2 p.m.

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Welcome to the Machine

Characters come of age in the secret city of Oak Ridge in Janet Beard’s The Atomic City Girls

The Atomic City Girls by East Tennessee native Janet Beard is set within the top-secret “instant city” of Oak Ridge during World War II. Beard will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 13 and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 14.

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To Call Forth By Noticing

For Nashville poet Lisa Dordal, paying attention is a kind of prayer

It’s difficult to make a poetics out of forgiveness, but that’s what Lisa Dordal accomplishes in her new collection, Mosaic of the Dark. Dordal will give three Nashville readings: at The Post on February 6, at Atmalogy on February 9, and at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on February 21.

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What Power Has Love

The poems in Marilyn Kallet’s new collection embrace the human struggle to reconcile the animal and the divine

How Our Bodies Learned, the new poetry collection from Knoxville poet Marilyn Kallet, is a sensual and spiritual guide to understanding what love is—and what it isn’t. Kallet will read from the book at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on January 29 and at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on February 15.

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The Crooked Road Less Taken

Jill Bialosky shows how poetry has added shape and meaning to her life

In her new memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life, Jill Bialosky describes the way certain poems offered comfort through difficult times. Bialosky will give a free public reading at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on February 26.

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