Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Wrestling for a Blessing

Bestselling Christian writer Rachel Held Evans re-examines the evangelical teachings of her youth

In her new book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, Dayton author Rachel Held Evans attempts to reconcile the simple religious instruction she received as a child with the complicated reality of life outside her faith community.

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A Road Trip with a Twist

In Sheba Karim’s Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, three Pakistani-American teens search for America

Like her earlier books, Sheba Karim’s new YA novel is populated with appealing characters who tussle with real-life issues. In Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, the Nashville author has put a new spin on the familiar road-trip tale.

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Lucky Thirteen

Jerry Joyner’s inventive 1975 collaboration with Remy Charlip hits shelves in a new edition

Thirteen, Jerry Joyner’s 1975 collaboration with artist Remy Charlip, returns to shelves this month in a new edition for a new generation of young readers. Joyner will visit Parnassus Books on May 23 to discuss the book, as well as his remarkable career.

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With a Big Heart and Big Dreams

Susan Eaddy and Jessica Young compare notes on creating books for very young children

Nashville authors Susan Eaddy and Jessica Young will launch their new children’s books, Poppy’s Best Babies, Play This Book, and Pet This Book, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 20.

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The Power of Belief

Teens confront the issue of sexual abuse in Ashley Herring Blake’s latest YA novel

In her new YA novel, Girl Made of Stars, Ashley Herring Blake addresses complex cultural issues in the context of the everyday drama of high school. Blake will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 18 in conversation with novelist Lily Anderson.

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Descendants of the Cataclysm

A society populated by twins is the world of Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s debut YA novel

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s The Diminished examines themes of sexual identity, individual freedom, and cultural expectation. Patterson will discuss her debut fantasy YA novel at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on May 5.

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