Scattered Sparks

With The Pinch, Steve Stern continues his dazzling fictional exploration of the intersection of reality, spirituality, and mysticism

by Ed Tarkington

May 28, 2015 High-wire acts performed by an acrobatic enchantress; a young couple making love in a giant tree in the midst of an earthquake; a drug-dealing bookstore clerk who finds a decades-old history of his neighborhood and discovers that he himself appears as a character in its pages—these are some of the elements of The Pinch, Steve Stern’s latest novel. Stern will appear at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis at 6 p.m. on June 4, 2015.

Published Thursday, 28 May 2015

From Cold Cases to Hot Pursuit

What Lies Behind, J.T. Ellison’s new thriller, whiplashes Samantha Owens from a crime of passion to a global conspiracy

by Kathryn Justice Leache

May 20, 2015 Samantha Owens, the protagonist of What Lies Behind, J.T. Ellison’s latest thriller, has left crime-scene investigation to take a plum job in academia. Then a brutal crime pulls her back in. Ellison will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 26, 2015; at Reading Rock Books in Dickson on May 28, 2015; and at Books-A-Million at Nashville on May 29, 2015. All events are free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bad Moon, Good Story

Betsy Phillips’s new novel, The Wolf’s Bane, launches a new series of limited-edition books

by Joe Nolan

May 19, 2015 Betsy Phillips’s new book, The Wolf’s Bane, is the inaugural project of the Nashville Limited Edition Club. Founded by Jennifer Knowles of Brown Dog Bindery and Chuck Beard of East Side Story, the club will connect authors, artists, and bookbinders to create one-of-a-kind books published by Knowles and distributed by Beard. Phillips will launch The Wolf’s Bane with a reading at East Side Story in Nashville on May 22, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Seething Pot

In a new thriller, Lyndsay Faye examines crime and corruption in 1840s New York

by Faye Jones

May 15, 2015 In The Fatal Flame, Lyndsay Faye continues her popular Edgar-nominated series with a thriller in which Timothy Wilde is forced to confront his intense fear of fire to pursue an arsonist. Faye will discuss The Fatal Flame at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on May 17, 2015, at 3 p.m.

Published Friday, 15 May 2015

Magical Mystery Tour

Chapter 16 talks with Deborah Harkness, who continues the alchemical adventure she began in A Discovery of Witches

by Tina LoTufo

May 13, 2015 In The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness completes her bestselling All Souls trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches. Harkness will read from and sign copies of The Book of Life at Salon@615 at the Nashville Public Library on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Bop Symphony

Richard J. Alley delivers life, hot and cool, in his debut novel, Five Night Stand

by Randy Fox

May 12, 2015 In his new novel, Five Night Stand, Memphis author Richard J. Alley weaves the lives of three characters into a bop symphony that’s driven by hopes, dreams, doubt, and the redemptive power of music. Alley will appear at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on May 21, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Heart of the Matter

What Remains, the second YA novel by Helene Dunbar, is a tale of tragedy and revelation

by Sarah Norris

May 6, 2015 What Remains, the new novel by Nashville YA author Helene Dunbar, is the story of a teenager who’s had the same best friends since first grade. When a tragic car accident upends his life, he is forced to reckon with his grief, guilt, and a new existence he’s not convinced he even wants. Dunbar will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 11, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Victims of War

In her third novel, Pamela Schoenewaldt imagines the lives of German-Americans during WWI

by Faye Jones

April 30, 2015 Pamela Schoenewaldt’s newest historical novel, Under the Same Blue Sky, tells a poignant story of the hardships that German Americans faced during World War I. Schoenewaldt will discuss the book at the Laurel Theater in Knoxville on May 7 at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt in Nashville on May 11, and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 5.

Published Thursday, 30 April 2015

There are Worse Places to Be Targeted

In her debut novel, true-crime writer Phyllis Gobbell turns to fictional mysteries in Provence

by Faye Jones

April 28, 2015 Phyllis Gobbell may be better known as the co-author of two true-crime books featuring murders in Nashville—A Season of Darkness and An Unfinished Canvas—but she is also a widely published writer of short fiction. So it should be no surprise that her first novel, Pursuit in Provence, is a worthy addition to the cozy-mystery field. Gobbell will discuss Pursuit in Provence at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 3 at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 28 April 2015

No Knack for Volition

In Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum invokes Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary to create her heroine’s erotic misadventures

by Emily Choate

April 27, 2015 When Anna—the ex-pat heroine of Jill Alexander Essbaum’s debut novel, Hausfrau—falls into an extramarital tangle with a fellow foreigner, the affair seems contrary to her entire nature as a person and threatens the passive surface of her life. Jill Alexander Essbaum will discuss Hausfrau at The Skillery in Nashville on May 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by The Porch Writers’ Collective and Parnassus Books, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 27 April 2015

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