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The Nation’s Oldest Student

Rita Lorraine Hubbard shares the remarkable life of Mary Walker, who learned to read at age 116

Author Rita Lorraine Hubbard reminds young readers that they’re “never too old to learn” by telling the extraordinary life story of Chattanooga’s beloved Mary Walker in The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read, illustrated by Oge Mora.

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The Best Literary Citizen

J.T. Ellison shares some thoughts on social media, literary community, and her latest novel, Good Girls Lie

J.T. Ellison’s fourth stand-alone thriller, Good Girls Lie, unfurls within the gates of Goode Academy, an elite girls’ boarding school in rural Virginia. Ellison talked with Chapter 16 about the setting of her new book, her belief in supporting other writers, and the challenge of staying focused in an age of distraction.  She’ll appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 7.

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Democracy’s Double-Edged Sword

Kellie Carter Jackson explains how black abolitionists employed the political language of violence

In Force and Freedom, historian Kellie Carter Jackson places black abolitionists at the center of the coming of the Civil War. She speaks at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on November 14.

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Overdoing a Good Thing

In Overdoing Democracy, Robert B. Talisse makes the case for stepping back from the maelstrom of politics

Robert B. Talisse’s Overdoing Democracy explains how our national addiction to politics is undermining the purposes for which democracy was conceived. Talisse will discuss the book at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in Nashville on November 21.

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Love Story

Joy Jordan-Lake’s A Crazy-Much Love explores the irrepressible love of parents for their adopted child

Joy Jordan-Lake’s debut picture book, illustrated by Spanish illustrator Sonia Sánchez, is about the “crazy-much love” two parents have for their adopted child and the profound love all parents hold for their children.  

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A Bright Shining Lie

Andrew Maraniss discusses his new book for young readers about the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin

Andrew Maraniss’ new YA nonfiction book, Games of Deception, recounts the experiences of the first U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1936, when Hitler put on a grand show to hide his plans for war. Maraniss will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 5 and Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in Nashville on November 30.

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