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Tentacled Treasure

Lucy Branam introduces readers to a friendly neighborhood octopus

In the realm of children’s literature, there exists a long tradition of wild but friendly creatures making themselves comfortable in the homes of children. In Lucy Branam’s debut picture book, Roof Octopus, a young girl wakes up to find an octopus on the roof of her apartment building. Branam will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 14.

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Sometimes You Can Go Home Again

Helene Dunbar discusses her latest YA novel, Boomerang

Teenagers often have questions about their identity, but Sean Woodhouse is more confused than most. In the five years since he disappeared from home, he’s acquired a new name, a new family, and a new relationship. Helene Dunbar will discuss Boomerang, her new young-adult novel, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9.

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A Fragile Juggernaut

Nashville nonfiction author Jefferson Cowie reinterprets the New Deal and its legacy

Jefferson Cowie’s The Great Exception challenges our understanding of the New Deal and its implications for today. The Nashville-based nonfiction author will deliver the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History at the University of Memphis on February 15.

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A Labor of Love

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long discuss their new picture book, a tribute to love

Love, Matt de la Peña and Loren Long’s contemplative celebration of love and the way it moves through the world, will be the subject of their appearance at the Nashville Public Library on January 31.

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The Fallout of Disaster

Vanderbilt visiting writer in nonfiction Joy Castro talks with Chapter 16

Vanderbilt University visiting nonfiction writer Joy Castro talks with Chapter 16 about language, the #MeToo movement, and behaving badly in fiction. She will give a free public reading at Vanderbilt on January 25.

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American Carnage

A conservative expert on the presidency weighs in on Donald Trump’s first year

In Trump’s First Year, Rhodes College professor Michael Nelson dispassionately dissects the leadership style of the controversial 45th president. Nelson will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on January 21.

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