Undersea, Undercover, Under Attack

In Mark Greaney’s new Tom Clancy novel, a Putinesque strong man aims to capture former Soviet lands

by Stephen Usery

November 24, 2015 Memphis author Mark Greaney first garnered attention for his Gray Man thrillers, but he entered the bestselling stratosphere when Tom Clancy tapped him as a co-author on the Jack Ryan series. Since the legendary author’s death in 2013, Greaney has continued the franchise as a solo act. He will sign the latest installment, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, at Barnes & Noble in Memphis on December 1, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Flaming Malevolence

In Erica Wright’s second thriller, beloved New York drag queens are the target of a hate group

by Liz Garrigan

November 19, 2015 In Erica Wright’s second thriller, The Granite Moth, private eye Kathleen Stone is still trying to nab drug kingpin Salvatore Magrelli. But her caseload multiplies when two drag queens, colleagues of her dear friend Dolly at the Pink Panther nightclub, are killed in an ostensible accident during the city’s Halloween parade on Sixth Avenue. Wright will discuss The Granite Moth at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 19 November 2015

X Stands for Mistakes

Nothing is quite what it seems in Sue Grafton’s twenty-fourth Kinsey Millhone mystery

by Faye Jones

November 16, 2015 If mystery fans were afraid Sue Grafton would run out of steam before she finished her alphabet series, her new novel, X, proves she still has many narrative routes to explore. Grafton will appear in conversation with Judy Kaye at the Nashville Public Library on November 20, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Monday, 16 November 2015

God Bless Us, Every One

With The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge Charlie Lovett delivers a clever homage to the Dickens classic

by Ed Tarkington

November 12, 2015 Novelist Charlie Lovett has found his niche in writing novels that combine his passion for classic English literature with his gifts as a storyteller. In The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge, Lovett imagines what might have happened after a change of heart experienced by western literature’s most famous Christmas curmudgeon. Lovett will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 18, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 12 November 2015

War on Words

Violent extremists kidnap a newspaper columnist in Grant Park, a new novel by Leonard Pitts Jr.

by Peggy Burch

November 11, 2015 In Leonard Pitts Jr.’s new novel, Grant Park, a newspaper columnist in Chicago who crusades for racial justice is kidnapped by white supremacists on the morning of President Barack Obama’s first election. Pitts, a syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald, will appear in Memphis, where many of the novel’s historic scenes are set, at 6 p.m. on November 19, 2015, at Crosstown Arts.

Published Wednesday, 11 November 2015

In The Wake of History

In Golden Age, the culmination of Jane Smiley’s Last Hundred Years Trilogy, America’s past catches up to the present

by Sean Kinch

November 10, 2015 The first two volumes of Jane Smiley’s Last One Hundred Years trilogy cover 1920-1986, as reflected through the lives of an Iowa family. In Golden Age, the final installment of the series, Smiley takes readers through the heady ‘90s, the shaky aughts, and the present decade, finally offering a disturbing glimpse into the near future. Smiley will discuss her new novel at the Nashville Public Library on November 18, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Followed by Evil

Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s debut novel is a dark tale of thirteenth-century Bohemia

by Faye Jones

November 6, 2015 Winner of Killer Nashville’s 2014 Claymore Award, Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s debut novel is a tale of medieval Bohemia that contains familiar themes of love, death, and religion combined in unfamiliar ways. Carpenter will discuss Bohemian Gospel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 15, 2015, at 2 p.m. and at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on November 21 at 2 p.m.

Published Friday, 6 November 2015

Down Low in the Bluff City

Memphis Noir, a new story collection, paints a dark, aching portrait of Memphis, a city steeped in music and magic

by Lyda Phillips

November 2, 2015 In fifteen tense stories, Memphis Noir plumbs the dark depths of Memphis lives, from the richest and most privileged to the poorest and most desperate. Editors Laureen P. Cantwell and Leonard Gill, along with collection’s authors, will appear on November 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts in Memphis.

Published Monday, 2 November 2015

A Literary Horror Story

The late William Gay’s incomplete ghost story, Little Sister Death, has just been published

by Clay Risen

October 30, 2014 When Hohenwald writer William Gay died in 2012, he left behind an incomplete draft of a novel called Little Sister Death. The book is a fictional retelling of the Bell Witch legend, which revolves around a haunted farmstead near Adams, Tennessee, northeast of Nashville. Little Sister Death has just been published by Dzanc Books.

Published Thursday, 29 October 2015

Dangers Unforeseen

The stories in Colum McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking explore the inescapable nature of risk

by Maria Browning

October 26, 2015 In Colum McCann’s latest story collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking, characters fall prey to unforeseen or unknowable threats, and their efforts to make the world safe and comprehensible fail. McCann will discuss the book at the University of Tennessee’s Hodges Library in Knoxville on November 2, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Published Sunday, 25 October 2015

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