Chattanooga Now 3 local authors, Pulitzer nominee set for signings at Barnes & Noble - Feb. 1

Chattanooga Now 3 local authors, Pulitzer nominee set for signings at Barnes & Noble - Feb. 1

January 30th, 2014 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

Clockwise from left: Gretchen Archer, Janis Hashe, Poppy Jackson, and Charles McNair


* What: Four-author book signing.

* When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

* Where: Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

* Admission: Free.

* Phone: 423-893-0186.

* Website:


Author Charles McNair, an Alabama native now living in Atlanta, has a tattoo of a banjo on his knee. Last year, he told writer Laura Relyea of Creative Loafing Atlanta that he plans to someday shave his head and tattoo an homage to the Peach State on his skull, so that Georgia can always be on his mind.


Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place has scheduled book signings with four authors Saturday, Feb. 1. Three are local; the other is a Pulitzer Prize nominee from Atlanta.

"These authors have been chosen to sign based on the quality of their work, sales of previous titles and the strong reputation they have created within the Chattanooga community," says Kelly Flemings, the bookstore's community relations manager.

Gretchen Archer, a mystery writer from Signal Mountain, is debuting her latest novel, "Double Dip." The sequel to "Double Whammy" continues the exploits of detective turned casino security guru Davis Way. Best-selling author Janet Evanovich describes Archer as "a smart, snappy writer who hits your funny bone."

Janis Hashe was a resident of Los Angeles for 23 years before moving to Chattanooga. She has worked in retail fashion, journalism and teaching, is a contributing editor for the alt-weekly The Pulse and teaches "Intro to Theatre" at Chattanooga State Community College. Her debut novel, "The Ex-Club Tong Pang," is a rollicking mystery set in 1980s Los Angeles.

Poppy Jackson is the pen name of Drew Lorenzo, a senior at Center for Creative Arts. Her new novel, "Rapture," is the follow-up to her best-selling debut, "Imaginary." A native of New Orleans, the young author has created riveting stories of romance, vampires, intrigue and hope.

Charles McNair has released his long-awaited second novel, "Pickett's Charge," the follow-up to "Land O'Goshen," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1994. The new work follows a veteran of the Civil War who, to avenge his brother's death, breaks out of an Alabama old-folks home to head north to kill the last living Union soldier.