Fiction

We Are Not in the Zone of Logic

Padgett Powell exercises free imaginative play in the absurd stories of Cries for Help, Various

by Sean Kinch

September 1, 2015 With his new collection of short fiction, Cries for Help, Various, Padgett Powell provides a lively medley of voices that live up to the author’s dicta that fiction should “be alive” and “be surprising.” Powell will read from and discuss his new book at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Bayou Treasure

Tom Cooper’s crime-fiction debut, The Marauders, crackles with dark humor and hope

by Randy Fox

August 28, 2015 First-time novelist Tom Cooper delivers a profane and rollicking tale of obsession and absurdity in The Marauders. Cooper will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Friday, 28 August 2015

Forgotten But Not Gone

A psychologist is forced to reckon with a past she thought she’d escaped in Jenny Milchman’s As Night Falls

by Kathryn Justice Leache

August 21, 2015 Jenny Milchman’s latest psychological thriller, As Night Falls, explores the boundaries of culpability as the victim of childhood trauma tries to save her family from a sadistic figure from her past. Milchman will discuss her novel at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on August 29, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Friday, 21 August 2015

Tracing the Shadow of a Tragedy

Nancy Reisman’s Trompe L’Oeil is the story of a family’s life after loss

by Maria Browning

August 17, 2015 In Nancy Reisman’s novel Trompe L’Oeil, the horror that befalls an unexceptional, upper-middle-class clan pervades every family member’s consciousness and ripples down the years, creating pain and existential uncertainty even in those not yet born when it happened. Reisman will give three public readings in Nashville: at Parnassus Books on August 20, at Vanderbilt University on September 10, and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 9-11, 2015.

Published Monday, 17 August 2015

After the Flood

The characters in Tiffany Quay Tyson’s Three Rivers search for redemption as the floodwaters subside

by Kathryn Justice Leache

August 14, 2015 In Three Rivers, Tiffany Quay Tyson plumbs the tension between consequence and chance in the lives of three central characters as they struggle to survive a terrible flood in the Mississippi Delta. Tyson will discuss her debut novel at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on August 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Published Friday, 14 August 2015

A Land of Perpetual Inventions

Stories of the Mountain South defy stereotype in Appalachia Now, a new anthology

by Emily Choate

August 11, 2015 Perhaps the most striking feature of Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia, a new anthology edited by Larry Smith and Knoxville writer Charles Dodd White, is the sheer variety of characters found in it. The people in these stories fight against preconceived types and offer a rich, bold picture of an Appalachia that defies categorization.

Published Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Islands of Wonder

The grotesque and the glorious shine in James E. McTeer’s Minnow

by Randy Fox

August 5, 2015 First-time novelist James E. McTeer II chronicles a fantastic journey into the heart of darkness—and wonder—in Minnow. McTeer will discuss the novel at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 5 August 2015

To Thrive on Exhilaration

A new historical novel by The Paris Wife’s Paula McLain recounts the headlong flight of Beryl Markham

by Jennie Fields

August 3, 2015 There are some people for whom society’s rules are a very poor fit. Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly solo from England to North America, was one of them. In Circling the Sun, Paula McLain paints the life of an iconoclastic woman who found the social order far more perplexing than the natural world she adored. McLain will appear at the Nashville Public Library on August 4, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 3 August 2015

“It Changes Everything, and It Changes Nothing”

Chapter 16’s own Ed Tarkington lands a book deal with Algonquin

by Margaret Renkl

July 30, 2015 Today Chapter 16 contributing writer Ed Tarkington talks about his forthcoming novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, which he calls a “mash-up of Cain and Abel, the Prodigal Son, The Graduate, and ‘A Rose for Emily,’ set in the small-town Upper South, with a soundtrack by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.” Tarkington will read from the novel at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 30 July 2015

Of Love and Terror

Tim Johnston brings depth and lyricism to the thriller genre with Descent

by Ed Tarkington

July 29, 2015 How does one survive the unthinkable? How does a parent live without knowing what’s become of a missing child? How long can a person go on without abandoning hope? These are the questions that frame Descent, the new literary thriller by Memphis novelist Tim Johnston. He will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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