Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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A Weirdly Wonderful World

Chattanooga author Natalie Lloyd chronicles the exploits of a most unusual family

Young readers with an appreciation for offbeat adventure stories will no doubt be delighted by Natalie Lloyd’s imaginative world and its lively, brave inhabitants in The Problim Children.

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Hot Time in the City

Hermione Hoby’s Neon in Daylight is set during an endless NYC heat wave

For the young protagonist of Hermione Hoby’s debut novel, Neon in Daylight, an alcoholic writer and his danger-seeking daughter lend an alluring glamor to a sweltering Manhattan summer. Hoby will discuss Neon in Daylight at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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After Tragedy

Two men’s lives are forever changed in Steve Yarbrough’s The Unmade World

The paths of two very different men intersect in Steve Yarbrough’s The Unmade World, and both lives are changed forever. This tale of entwined fates becomes a meditation on guilt, innocence, and ordinary injustice, as well as a story about how we seek meaning even in the face of life’s most baffling cruelties.

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No Place Like Home

Barry Wolverton returns with the third volume in his adventure series for young readers

In The Sea of the Dead, Volume III of the Chronicles of the Black Tulip, Memphis author Barry Wolverton fills his whirlwind of an adventure story with the non-stop action and fantastic magical elements young readers have come to expect.

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Death-Defying Feats

Four siblings reckon with a fortune teller’s prophecy in Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists

In Chloe Benjamin’s dazzling new novel, four siblings set down an uneasy path after a fortune teller reveals the dates on which each one of them will die. Benjamin will discuss The Immortalists at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 20.

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