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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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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Part of the American Epic

Margot Lee Shetterly’s blockbuster Hidden Figures is this year’s Nashville Reads selection

The little-known history of the black women mathematicians of NASA is brought to life in Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, a bestselling book that was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film. Shetterly will discuss and sign Hidden Figures, the 2019 Nashville Reads selection, at Lipscomb University in Nashville on February 19.

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