Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Being Neighborly the Maggie Valley Way

Kerry Madden-Lunsford returns to the Smoky Mountains in her new picture book

East Tennessee native Kerry Madden-Lunsford visits Parnassus Books on April 14 to share her newest picture book, Ernestine’s Milky Way, with young readers.

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Finding a Friend Beneath the Poetree

Shauna LaVoy Reynolds talks with Chapter 16 about her debut picture book

Nashville children’s author Shauna LaVoy Reynolds visits Parnassus Books on March 22 to share her debut picture book, Poetree, a gentle ode to spring and friendship.

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Europe’s Exodus

Tara Zahra’s The Great Departure gives a sweeping history of European migration to the U.S.

In The Great Departure, Tara Zahra chronicles the complicated meanings of European migration to the United States. The MacArthur Fellow will speak on March 14 at the University of Memphis.

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The Shape Trilogy Comes Full Circle

Celebrated children’s author Mac Barnett discusses his new picture book

Award-winning children’s author Mac Barnett wraps up his Shape Trilogy with Circle, the last book in the bestselling series illustrated by Jon Klassen. Barnett returns to Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 11.

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Of Facts and Fables

Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his mesmerizing debut novel, We Cast a Shadow

Maurice Carlos Ruffin casts a satirical spell in his debut novel, We Cast A Shadow. Its unnamed narrator, driven by fierce love for his son, makes decisions that expose his family to the dangers of a world that may seem dystopian but in fact lies excruciatingly close to our own. Ruffin will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 2, and at Novel in Memphis on March 16.

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A Park for the People

Brooks Lamb tells the history of Overton Park through the eyes of Memphians

In Overton Park: A People’s History, Brooks Lamb, a 2017 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, recounts the long and vibrant history of the park at the heart of Midtown Memphis.

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