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Jeremy Finley Debut Journeys into the Unimaginable

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Jeremy Finley is a hard-nosed professional. As the chief investigative reporter for the NBC-affiliated television station in Nashville, he’s spent more than 15 years exposing corruption, financial abuse, and criminal activity, and won some of the highest honors in journalism, including multiple Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards, and IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) awards. It’s also led him down some very unexpected paths: “My day job is so rooted in proof – in verifying facts and seeking documentation of everything – I’m a bit obsessed that we still haven’t been able to come to a true conclusion about alien abductions and strange lights in the sky. And the Loch Ness monster. And Bigfoot. This is why I don’t sleep at…

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13 Authors on Banning Books and Censorship

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. It’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the right to read. Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week was a response to an increase in the number of books being challenged by groups and individuals. Here, we’ve rounded up the perspectives of thirteen authors—from Roxane Gay to Kurt Vonnegut—on challenged books, book banning, and censorship. “I don’t believe that books, even bad books, corrupt us. Instead, I believe books challenge and interrogate. They give us windows into the lives of others and give us mirrors so that we can better see ourselves. And ultimately, if you have a worldview that can be undone by a novel, let me submit that the problem is not…

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ICYMI: John Grisham Visits Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville

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Each week, BookTrib has been bringing the latest podcast from John Grisham’s Book Tour. This week, as John takes a much needed rest, we will feature one of our favorites from the tour thus far. This is from the second stop on his Book Tour where John Talks with author Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville.   In today’s episode, we join John Grisham as he speaks to a variety of authors and a live audience at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, which is described as “an independent bookstore for independent people.” We invite you to listen to this all-new, exhilarating, and information-packed podcast with authors like Ann Patchett and an important publishing figure, Jon Meacham. Ann Patchett, writer…

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More Than They Seem: 3 Books That Explore Backstory

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We love to imagine backstories for our favorite fictitious characters as we wonder, what from their past made them the way they are?  Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee recommended three books that explore “Backstory: We Are More Than We Seem.” This week’s selections were chose by Parnassus’ Social Media Director Mary Laura Philpott, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post and is the founder of the online magazine MUSING. Parnassus opened in 2011 when author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes realized that bookstores were disappearing from Nashville, a city with a rich cultural tradition. “I have no interest in retail…but I also have no interest in living in a city…

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How will YOU celebrate National Library Week?

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April 13th marks the first day of National Library Week, a celebration sponsored by the American Library Association that has been observed since 1958. The week-long celebration is aimed at promoting the use and support of libraries. According to the “State of America’s Libraries Report” released last year during National Library Week, 53% of Americans reported visiting a library or book mobile in the past year. Whether you count yourself among those 53% or not, this week is a good time to step back and appreciate what our public libraries have to offer. Robert Dawson’s new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, April) is a good place to start. The book includes photographs taken by Dawson over…

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Lessons from Ann Patchett for the new year

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 Perhaps a more accurate title for Ann Patchett’s latest book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (HarperCollins, November), would be This Is More Than the Story of a Happy Marriage. A collection of essays on writing, her dog, divorce, and yes, her now happy marriage, the book isn’t really a story at all. The author of six novels including Run, The Patron Saint of Liars, and Taft, and two other works of nonfiction, and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012, Patchett has much wisdom to impart, and in this collection she does so with her characteristic honesty, wit, and lyrical writing. Here are four ideas to jumpstart your new year. Buy…

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