It’s Good To Be Back Home, Where They Want to Kill You

In Mark Greaney’s fifth Court Gentry novel, Back Blast, the Gray Man is back in the USA to get answers

by Stephen Usery

February 12, 2016 Mark Greaney’s assassin, Court Gentry, is unremarkable in his physical appearance, and he uses this natural camouflage to his advantage in the fifth installment of the Gray Man series. Greaney will launch Back Blast at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on February 20, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Friday, 12 February 2016

Ghosts, Living and Dead

Ed Tarkington talks with Chapter 16 about his debut novel, a coming-of-age story set to the soundtrack of the ‘70s

by Stephen Usery

February 4, 2016 Only Love Can Break Your Heart wasn’t the debut novel Ed Tarkington had in mind when he first started writing in earnest. But after turning out a very different novel that never found a publisher, Tarkington found his voice by mining his own family’s experiences. He will read from the book at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on February 11, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Hunting Season

In her debut novel for adults, bestselling YA novelist Diane Les Becquets pits two very different women against the wilderness, and the past

by Emily Choate

February 3, 2016 Diane Les Becquets’s new novel, Breaking Wild, follows two women on either side of a pursuit deep into the Colorado wilderness, leading to confrontations with both the past and the present. Les Becquets will discuss Breaking Wild at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 9, 20016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Little Bookstore That Could

With the launch of Star Line Books, Star Lowe celebrates her faith in Chattanooga readers

by Tina Chambers

February 2, 2016 Star Line Books, Chattanooga’s only independent bookstore, opened last August just across Market Street from the famed Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Owner Star Lowe is passionate about books, her customers, and the Chattanooga community. She only wishes she had more time to read.

Published Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Desperate Housewives of Hong Kong

In Janice Y. K. Lee’s The Expatriates, Americans abroad learn to persevere

by Sean Kinch

January 25, 2016 Janice Y. K. Lee’s new novel, The Expatriates, depicts the intersecting lives of three women in Hong Kong. When their world of privilege is thrown into disarray, they learn how to overcome trauma and rebuild their lives. Janice Y. K. Lee will read from The Expatriates at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 25 January 2016

A Hidden Mission and Adventure

Karen Spears Zacharias’s newest novel, Burdy, is a sequel to Mother of Rain

by Ralph Bowden

January 22, 2016 Burdy is Karen Spears Zacharias’ second novel based on Christian Bend, “a way-back place” in the mountains of East Tennessee. It features Burdy, one of the vividly-drawn characters of that tiny community, as she tracks down a townsman presumed dead after the Normandy invasion.

Published Friday, 22 January 2016

Longings so Large

A woman considers her troubled childhood in Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton

by Maria Browning

January 19, 2016 In My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout takes readers into the mind and heart of a woman who has survived a troubled childhood, revealing a spirit that is both beautiful and deeply wounded. Strout will appear at the Nashville Public Library on January 21, 2016.

Published Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A Fatal Gathering

Human traffickers bring harsh reality to a bachelor party in Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel

by Peggy Burch

January 12, 2016 Chris Bohjalian’s new novel, The Guest Room, brings the violence of the international sex trade to a well-to-do New York suburb, as a bachelor party becomes the scene of a bid for freedom by two young women held by Russian mobsters. Bohjalian will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis January 13, 2016.

Published Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Portrait of the Artist as a Screenwriter

Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel captures F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quest for authenticity in Hollywood

by Erica Ciccarone

January 7, 2016 In his novel West of Sunset, Stewart O’Nan imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final years, a time when he tried to make a fresh start in Hollywood. O’Nan will appear at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on January 12, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 7 January 2016

A Southern Coming-of-Age Tale With Its Own Singular Sound

Ed Tarkington’s debut novel is an ode to love in all its complicated forms

by Amy Greene

January 5, 2016 In Only Love Can Break Your Heart, longtime Chapter 16 contributor Ed Tarkington hits many of the classic coming-of-age tale’s familiar notes, but the cast of characters and the rural Virginia town he populates in his accomplished debut are nothing less than singular. Tarkington will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 5 January 2016

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