published Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Barnes & Noble event offers must-reads penned by local authors for 2014 - Jan. 18

Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place will host a forum for local authors from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Discover Local Writers -- The Must-Reads of 2014 will include book signings and readings.

Community relations manager Kelly Flemings calls the seven some of the finest authors of the Tennessee Valley. Their genres range from self-improvement to fiction to teens and children's picture books.

Gary Highfield, "When 'Want To' Becomes 'Have To'": The story of one man's life experience shows how a challenging upbringing can teach us all how to rise above obstacles.

Matthew Hubbard, "Drowning": This psychological thriller centers on four college students during the fall of their freshman year.

Deborah Levine, "Going Southern: The No Mess Guide to Success in the South": The author, whose work is also being featured on Book TV on C-Span 2, explains what it is to be Southern, with pointers to help people from outside the region appreciate the culture.

Katherine Mitchell, "Dr. Hickerup: The Hiccup Healing Man": The author partnered with her daughter on this work. They'll do readings at 2:15 and 3 p.m.

Joey Motes, "In Other Words -- The Book of Proverbs": A reinterpretation of the biblical text.

Greg Wilkey, "Growing Up Dead": The first of four novels about the afterlife.

Becky Wooley, "Non Prophet Murder": A murder-mystery with an element of faith.

Admission is free. For more information, call 423-893-0186.

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