Life Imitating Art

Killing Monica by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell is an autobiographical comic novel

by Liz Garrigan

June 25, 2015 Anyone who lived in a cave between 1998 and 2004, when HBO aired Sex and the City—a series based on Candace Bushnell’s novel of the same name—might read Killing Monica with virgin eyes. Everyone else will find the sexcapades in Bushnell’s new book exactly what they bargained for. Bushnell will discuss Killing Monica at the Nashville Public Library on June 30, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Right to Be

With The Book of Aron, Jim Shepard adds another essential volume to the canon of Holocaust fiction

by Ed Tarkington

June 24, 2015 “My mother and father named me Aron, but my father said they should have named me What Have You Done,” writes Jim Shepard at the outset of The Book of Aron. Eight year-old Aron’s precocity and daring prove useful when he joins forces with other Warsaw street urchins to smuggle food and supplies to their families after the Nazis overtake Poland. Shepard will appear in conversation with Knopf editor Gary Fisketjon to discuss The Book of Aron at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Small-Town Secrets

Annie Barrows takes readers to Depression-era West Virginia, where one family’s unresolved history finally unravels

by Liz Garrigan

June 19, 2015 Though Annie Barrows is also a successful children’s book writer, she is best known for being the co-author of the 2008 bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Now Barrows is back with The Truth According to Us, a Southern novel about the Depression-era town of Macedonia, West Virginia. Barrows will discuss her new novel at the Nashville Public Library on June 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Friday, 19 June 2015

All the World’s a Stage-Six Pandemic

Emily St. John Mandel talks with Chapter 16 about the role of art in what makes us human

by Stephen Usery

June 18, 2015 While most contemporary writers of post-apocalyptic fiction trace their literary lineage to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Emily St. John Mandel reached back to Shakespeare’s King Lear in writing her own bestselling novel, Station Eleven. Mandel will read from the novel’s paperback release at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 18 June 2015

Quick Wit

Novelist Matthew Quick talks with Chapter 16 about teachers, humor, Hollywood, and his new book, Love May Fail

by Michael Ray Taylor

June 16, 2015 In Matthew Quick’s Love May Fail, the sixth novel from the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, a woman leaves a failed marriage in Florida to return to her South Jersey roots, where she discovers how a high school teacher played a profound role in shaping her life. Quick will discuss Love May Fail at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Observations from the Field

Euphoria author Lily King discusses the risks involved in translating real-life anthropologists into fictional characters

by Emily Choate

June 15, 2015 In her acclaimed novel, Euphoria, Lily King draws from the life of Margaret Mead to create a story of three fictional anthropologists propelled into a passionate and dangerous love triangle. Lily King will discuss Euphoria at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 15 June 2015

One Cure to Heal Them All

In Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s new historical novel, a Tennessee root doctor looks for a way to treat suffering after the Civil War

by Stephen Usery

June 12, 2015 In Balm, her new historical novel, Dolen Perkins-Valdez investigates the possibilities of healing the personal and national trauma caused by the Civil War. On June 20, 2015, at 6 p.m., she will discuss the story on WYPL Radio’s Book Talk in Memphis on FM89.3.

Published Friday, 12 June 2015

Lawyers in Love

With The Jezebel Remedy, Martin Clark delivers another taut, comic thriller

by Ed Tarkington

June 10, 2015 According to The New York Times Magazine, Martin Clark is “not only the thinking man’s John Grisham, but, maybe better, the drinking man’s John Grisham.” In The Jezebel Remedy, Clark introduces Joe and Lisa Stone, small-town Virginia lawyers who are partners in business and in life. When a client turns up dead, the Stones’ investigation pits them against a Big Pharma billionaire whose ruthlessness threatens to destroy both their careers and their marriage. Martin Clark will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Reaping What You Sow

David Burnsworth explores the seedy side of Charleston in his debut novel

by Faye Jones

June 5, 2015 Brack Pelton plans to have a birthday dinner with his uncle in a nice Charleston restaurant but instead ends up holding him as he dies. Brack has no idea why anyone would want to kill his hippie, bar-owning uncle, but he’s determined to find out. David Burnsworth will discuss his debut novel, Southern Heat, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 13, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Friday, 5 June 2015

Dr. Brockton’s World Collapses

In a new Body Farm novel, Jefferson Bass heaps Job-like catastrophes on the famous forensic anthropologist

by Ralph Bowden

June 4, 2015 In The Breaking Point, their ninth Body Farm novel, Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass, collectively known as Jefferson Bass, inflict every possible personal and professional disaster on their protagonist, Bill Brockton. He should break, but will he? Jefferson Bass will appear this month in Maryville, Nashville, Memphis, and at several Knoxville locations.

Published Thursday, 4 June 2015

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