Fiction

Everyone Wanting Only the Best

In The Vacationers, Emma Straub’s characters head to Mallorca amid simmering conflict

by Ed Tarkington

April 14, 2014 Just as Jim and Franny Post prepare to embark on a two-week jaunt to Mallorca—a final family trip before their youngest child leaves for college—their perfect life falls apart. Emma Straub will discuss The Vacationers on April 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Buttrick Hall, Room 102, on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Highway to Hell

Sallie Bissell is back with another Mary Crow thriller in which death and disappearance are frequent travelers on an infamous North Carolina roadway

by Liz Garrigan

April 9, 2014 Two gay men near Asheville, North Carolina, are brutally murdered, possibly in connection with a backwater preacher’s shocking anti-gay bombast on YouTube, and North Carolina Governor Ann Chandler is worried. Clearly, this is a case for special prosecutor Mary Crow. Sallie Bissell will discuss Deadliest of Sins, her sixth Mary Crow mystery, on April 12, 2014, at Mysteries & More in Nashville at 2 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Darkly Funny Dystopia

Margaret Atwood brings her apocalyptic trilogy to a close with MaddAddam

by Maria Browning

April 8, 2014 With MaddAddam, the final book in Margaret Atwood’s trilogy about a bioengineered apocalypse, the story takes a turn toward the comic, transforming a dystopian vision into a darkly funny fairy tale for grown-ups. Atwood will discuss MaddAddam at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on April 11, 2014, at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Making Over Miss Julia

Ann B. Ross contemplates the joys and challenges of a literary franchise that’s going strong after fifteen installments

by Amaryllis Lyle

April 4, 2014 Ann B. Ross, already beloved for her Miss Julia cozy mysteries, will surely keep fans happy with the fifteenth installment of the series, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover. Ross will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 9, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Friday, 4 April 2014

Vista to Somewhere Else

In Tova Mirvis’s Visible City, entangled neighbors catch startling glimpses into each other’s lives

by Emily Choate

March 28, 2013 The characters in Tova Mirvis’s novel Visible City dwell in the glittering flux of New York, constantly exposed to moments of potential clash and change. They play their official roles—stay-at-home mother, lawyer, therapist, art historian—as seamlessly as they can manage, but inside they seek routes of escape. Mirvis, a Memphis native, will discuss Visible City at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 2, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Friday, 28 March 2014

Finding a Bigger Mirror

Karen Joy Fowler talks about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the Nashville Reads book selection for 2014

by Tina LoTufo

March 26, 2013 Hilarious and heartbreaking, poignant and absurd, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is the Nashville Reads book selection for 2014. The novel asks readers to consider the ways in which all creatures are connected and responsible to one another. Fowler answered questions from Chapter 16 in advance of her appearance at the Nashville Public Library on April 1, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A Voice of Exile

In Patrick O’Keeffe’s The Visitors, an Irish immigrant finds that home is inescapable

by Maria Browning

March 25, 2014 In his debut novel, The Visitors, Patrick O’Keeffe tells the story of a modern-day Irish immigrant who finds that the secrets and conflicts of his home village follow him to America, haunting his thoughts and pulling him toward a troubling encounter with a boyhood nemesis. Patrick O’Keeffe will discuss The Visitors at the University of Tennessee’s Hodges Library in Knoxville on March 31, 2014, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Lambs Among Wolves

Susan Minot’s vivid new novel imagines a Ugandan rebel group’s abduction of thirty adolescent girls

by Sarah Norris

March 24, 2014 Susan Minot’s new novel, Thirty Girls, is based on the 1996 kidnapping of Ugandan schoolgirls by warlord Joseph Kony and his army. Minot will join fiction writer Lorrie Moore in a joint reading at Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy on March 29, 2014, at 4 p.m. This event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 24 March 2014

Profound Activities of the Mind

Prior to her Memphis appearance, Shakespearean scholar Marjorie Garber talks with Chapter 16 about the pleasures of reading and the value of the humanities

by Sean Kinch

March 20, 2014 Marjorie Garber believes that the way we read Shakespeare’s plays tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the Bard himself. In an interview with Chapter 16, Garber discusses her approach to Shakespeare, her love of literature, and her commitment to intellectual speculation. She will speak at Rhodes College in Memphis on March 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. Her talk, “Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities,” is free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 20 March 2014

Moving Pictures All the Time

Novelist Meg Wolitzer talks about time, friendship, and why you can’t go home again

by Fernanda Moore

March 19, 2014 “Early friendships take place at a time when you are experiencing all kinds of ‘firsts.’ And for another person to witness your firsts, or let you see hers, can be especially intimate and meaningful. It’s like you are enclosed in a little laboratory together, performing experiments and making concoctions, and figuring out how you each want to be.” Prior to her appearance at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 27 at 6:30 p.m., Meg Wolitzer talks about her new novel, The Interestings, with Chapter 16

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Published Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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