Chapter 16 talks with James McBride, author of the 2016 Nashville Reads selection, The Color of Water
May 2, 2016 Nearly twenty years have passed since the publication of James McBride’s first book, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. The memoir spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to be a regular selection for city-wide programs like Nashville Reads, which will bring James McBride to the Nashville Public Library on May 9, 2016, for a free public reading.
Published Monday, 2 May 2016
In Bryn Chancellor’s debut story collection, When Are You Coming Home?, characters maneuver passageways between their past and present lives
by Emily Choate
April 18, 2016 In her debut story collection, When Are You Coming Home?, Bryn Chancellor creates characters who confront change in their personal landscapes, transitioning from one era of life to another. Chancellor will discuss When Are You Coming Home? at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on April 21, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Published Monday, 18 April 2016
Siblings stare down their childhoods in Ann Packer’s The Children’s Crusade
by Peggy Burch
April 11, 2016 Bestselling novelist Ann Packer will appear at The Skillery in Nashville on April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign The Children’s Crusade, released this month in paperback. The novel, about a family that puts down roots in the 1950s in a wooded area that will become Silicon Valley, shifts among narratives by four siblings, each affected by the chemistry of their mother’s indifference and their father’s devotion.
Published Monday, 11 April 2016
In Julia Claiborne Johnson’s comic novel, Be Frank with Me, a reclusive novelist needs help raising her difficult son
by Sean Kinch
April 8, 2016 The premise of Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut novel, Be Frank With Me, sounds like a winning Hollywood pitch: a reclusive author who’s published nothing since achieving phenomenal success decades earlier is forced to write again when she loses her fortune to a Madoff-style swindler.
Published Friday, 8 April 2016
Novelist Robert Morgan follows two runaway slaves who are Chasing the North Star to freedom
April 1, 2016 In Chasing the North Star Robert Morgan tells a riveting tale of courage and survival as two slaves escape from South Carolina and seek their freedom in the North. Morgan will appear at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on April 7, 2016, at 7 p.m. and at Chattanooga State Community College at several events held April 12-15, 2016, in connection with the Writers@Work series.
Published Friday, 1 April 2016
David Burnsworth’s second thriller poses a new challenge for Brack Pelton, an ex-Marine with a penchant for vanquishing bad guys
March 31, 2016 Brack Pelton, an Afghanistan War vet turned tiki-bar owner, is drawn into a murder investigation in David Burnsworth’s second thriller, Burning Heat. Burnsworth will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on April 8, 2016, at 5 p.m. and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Knoxville on April 9, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Published Thursday, 31 March 2016
With Hide, Matthew Griffin has written a love story for the ages
by Amy Greene
March 23, 2016 Matthew Griffin’s debut novel comes to us at a pivot point in our national history. But Hide can’t be reduced to a social-justice tale, or one of love between gay men. It’s a story about the kind of love, gay or straight, that endures beyond youth, strength, and memory. Griffin will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 30, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Published Wednesday, 23 March 2016
In fiction and essays, Julian Barnes proves that truth is multiple
by Sean Kinch
March 21, 2016 Reading Julian Barnes is a paradoxical pleasure: the author makes clear, in book after book, that literature provides no reassurances, no uncanny access to wisdom or happiness, no affirmation to troubled readers—and yet the experience of reading his work is strangely comforting. Now seventy, Barnes keeps exploring profound questions and continues to produce brilliantly conflicting answers. He will give a free public reading at Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Hall in Nashville on March 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
Published Monday, 21 March 2016
In a new thriller, Nashville’s J.T. Ellison plots the unlikely disappearance of a golden-boy med student and the ensuing hell for his young wife
by Liz Garrigan
March 15, 2016 Aubrey and Josh Hamilton have been inseparable since they were tweens, and life is looking pretty good for them until Josh mysteriously disappears, and authorities finger Aubrey as the suspect. J.T. Ellison will discuss her new standalone mystery, No One Knows, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 22, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
Published Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Jeff Crook’s acerbic crime-scene photographer is forced by fate, and restless spirits, to solve another mystery
March 4, 2016 In Jeff Crook’s The Covenant, a recovering heroin addict with a less-than-steady job as a crime-scene photographer can’t afford to turn down work. But when she stumbles across a murder that local police seem disinclined to solve, she starts to wish she’d never left Memphis.
Published Friday, 4 March 2016
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