Let the Truth Show Itself in the Work

Chapter 16 talks with James McBride, author of the 2016 Nashville Reads selection, The Color of Water

by Ed Tarkington

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

Points of Juncture

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

Surviving the Family

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

The Revised Rules for Caregiving

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

Guided by a Star

Novelist Robert Morgan follows two runaway slaves who are Chasing the North Star to freedom

by Lyda Phillips

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

Charleston Noir

David Burnsworth’s second thriller poses a new challenge for Brack Pelton, an ex-Marine with a penchant for vanquishing bad guys

by Kathryn Justice Leache

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

Forsaking All Others

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

A Theory of Love and History

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

A Perfect Marriage, Interrupted

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

If the Ghosts Don’t Get Her, the Coon Suppers Might

Jeff Crook’s acerbic crime-scene photographer is forced by fate, and restless spirits, to solve another mystery

by Betsy Phillips

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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