In Rooms, Lauren Oliver explores the secrets that haunt both the living and the dead
by Faye Jones
August 28, 2014 Lauren Oliver, internationally bestselling author of young-adult novels, makes her debut for adults with Rooms, a ghost story. In the novel, Richard Walker’s death brings home his bitter ex-wife and estranged children, and memories associated with the house add to tensions between them. But they are not the only ones trapped by memories of this house: Alice and Sandra, now ghosts who once lived and died there, have their secrets, too. Lauren Oliver will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 10-12. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Thursday, 28 August 2014
Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs sends four small-town friends into a tangle of heartbreak
by Emily Choate
August 26, 2014 The four friends at the center of Nickolas Butler’s debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, teeter between nostalgia for the young guys they once were and hopes for the men they will become. Now in their mid-thirties, they have begun to feel the weight of the choices they’ve already made. Nickolas Butler will discuss Shotgun Lovesongs at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Tuesday, 26 August 2014
James Ellroy talks with Chapter 16 about cops, history, and “literary megalomania”
August 25, 2014 In Perfidia, a wartime tour de force, James Ellroy returns to familiar characters and historical figures in the first book of what he calls his Second L.A. Quartet. The novel focuses on betrayals large and small among the Los Angeles police in the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ellroy will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Monday, 25 August 2014
Maggie Shipstead’s Astonish Me illuminates the ballet world’s relentless pursuit of perfection
by Emily Choate
August 21, 2014 The ballet dancers in Maggie Shipstead’s novel, Astonish Me, are engaged in a daily war against their mortal limitations. Equal parts brutality and beauty, ballet requires tough sacrifices in exchange for the elusive possibility of transcendence. Maggie Shipstead will discuss Astonish Me at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Thursday, 21 August 2014
Tony Earley explores the perils of life’s second acts with the tender and raucous Mr. Tall
August 19, 2014 Since the publication of his first story collection some twenty years ago, Tony Earley has built a body of work defined by extraordinary insight into the comedy, pathos, and wonder of the commonplace. In his new collection, Mr. Tall, Earley widens the scope of his frequently hilarious, reliably lyrical stories. Earley will discuss Mr. Tall at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 26, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.
Published Tuesday, 19 August 2014
In Courtney Miller Santo’s new novel, a renovation project tests the limits of family ties
by Tina LoTufo
August 15, 2014 The locals call it “Spite House,” the structure at the center of Courtney Miller Santo’s new novel, Three Story House. Lizzie Linwood, granddaughter of the man who built the Memphis home to “spite” his brother, joins forces with her two cousins to renovate the dilapidated structure, exposing old wounds and revealing buried truths along the way. Courtney Miller Santo will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on August 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Friday, 15 August 2014
Martha Woodroof explores the heartaches and hopes at a small fictional college
by Faye Jones
August 14, 2014 Martha Woodroof’s debut novel, Small Blessings, features a collection of eccentrics at a small women’s college in Virginia and examines the heartaches and hopes beneath their quirks. Woodroof will discuss Small Blessings at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on August 24, 2014, at 2 p.m., and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Published Thursday, 14 August 2014
Christina Baker Kline binds youth and age in a story of survival
August 8, 2014 After five novels, Christina Baker Kline has her first bestseller with Orphan Train, which has sold more than one million copies thanks to community-reading projects and book clubs. This quiet novel dissects not only a remarkable historical phenomenon but also the enduring emotional scars left by family tragedy. Kline will discuss Orphan Train at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.
Published Friday, 8 August 2014
In The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin pays homage to readers
by Faye Jones
August 7, 2014 In her new novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin celebrates books and those who read them. Based loosely on the hero of George Eliot’s Silas Marner, that high-school standard, A.J. Fikry is a sad man whose life is changed when a baby is left in his store. Gabrielle Zevin will discuss the novel at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.
Published Thursday, 7 August 2014
Richard Bausch’s Before, During, After is a 9/11 novel that intertwines the upheavals of violence and love
by Emily Choate
August 6, 2014 In Richard Bausch’s new novel, Before, During, After, the events of 9/11 rush Michael Faulk and his fiancée, Natasha Barrett, into a new era. Poised to begin their new life together in Memphis, they find that their experiences of that day have cast their love, and their future, into danger.
Published Wednesday, 6 August 2014
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