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Black Women Who Changed the World

Keisha Blain talks with Chapter 16 about a lost slice of American history

The historical figures at the center of Set the World on Fire by Keisha Blain are outside the halls of power: they are black, they are women, they are poor or working-class, and they advocate ideas that fall outside the political mainstream. Blain will deliver the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History at the University of Memphis on October 18 at the River Room in the University Center.

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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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The Stories of Emmett Till

Historian Elliott Gorn sifts through the myths of a tragic American murder

In Let the People See, Elliott Gorn combines a gripping narrative of American tragedy with a clear-eyed, sensitive reading of the way the Emmett Till story has acquired different meanings over time. Gorn will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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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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American, No Hyphen

Tayari Jones talks with Chapter 16 about her newest novel, An American Marriage

Tayari Jones, who will talk about her novel An American Marriage during the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 12-14, sets her fiction in Atlanta because the urban South is “a microcosm of all the issues facing the country.”

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