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Path to the Presidency

Curtis Wilkie talks with Chapter 16 about the invention of the modern presidential campaign

In The Road to Camelot, Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie tell the story of John F. Kennedy’s quest for the presidency, which started in 1956. Prior to their appearance at Novel in Memphis on October 16, Wilkie discussed the book with Chapter 16.

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Reading, Thinking, Grieving, Drinking

In The Futilitarians, Anne Gisleson limns grief, loss, crisis, and regeneration

In 2011, still recovering from the loss of her twin sisters (to suicide) and her beloved father (to leukemia), Anne Gisleson helped form the Existential Crisis Reading Group: a book club bent on exploring the big questions through reading and discussion. Gisleson will discuss The Futilitarians at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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The Most Wanted Man Since Dillinger

Philip Jett gives a nonfiction account of the 1960 manhunt for a Colorado killer in The Death of an Heir

Philip Jett’s The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder that Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty is a gripping tale in which wealth and privilege fail to shield a family from suffering. Jett will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15, and at Novel in Memphis on October 25.

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Get Used to Me

Jonathan Eig delivers a down-to-earth biography of the larger-than-life Muhammad Ali

In Ali: A Life, Jonathan Eig offers an engaging portrait of one of America’s most compelling athletes and personalities. Eig will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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From a Brutal Land

Roger D. Hodge guides readers through a history of violence and hope on America’s bloodiest border

In Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands, Roger D. Hodge looks at the history of his home, and his family. Hodge will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Thunder on the Right

Jared Yates Sexton rides the election storm surge in The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, an account of Jared Yates Sexton’s year on the 2016 campaign trail, describes Donald Trump’s rise to power and Hillary Clinton’s unexpected crash. Sexton will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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