Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Making Magic

Cressida Cowell brings readers the second installment in The Wizards of Once series

Cressida Cowell will visit the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14, to discuss Twice Magic, the second book in The Wizards of Once series for children.

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Bringing Justice to Young Readers

Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor talks with Chapter 16 about her two new books for children

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will visit the Southern Festival of Books to discuss her new books for young readers, Turning Pages: My Life Story and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor. The festival will be held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Singing the Storms Away

In Lorraine, Ketch Secor and Higgins Bond spin a tale about the power of music

Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor and illustrator Higgins Bond will discuss their new picture book, Lorraine, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 2. Secor and Bond will also appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Normal is Boring

Escaping from Houdini, Kerri Maniscalco’s new YA mystery, combines science, magic, and murder

In Kerri Maniscalco’s Escaping from Houdini, magic and mayhem abound as teenager and forensic scientist Audrey Rose Wadsworth investigates a series of grisly murders onboard an ocean liner filled with carnival performers. Maniscalco will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Vanderbilt on September 22, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 24, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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What’s Wrong with Me?

Young men stumble on the path to adulthood in J.M. Holmes’s How Are You Going To Save Yourself

J.M. Holmes’s debut story collection, How Are You Going To Save Yourself, tracks four friends who form a posse in their teens but drift apart in their twenties. The book addresses twenty-first-century issues, particularly those facing young African-Americans, without sugar-coating. Holmes will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Where Reading is the Coolest Thing

Allison Varnes writes a cautionary tale about censorship for young readers

In Allison Varnes’s new middle-grade novel, Property of the Rebel Librarian, an unlikely hero defies her parents and her school to champion the right to read freely. Varnes will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 18.

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