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Chapter 16 is a digital language & literature program of Humanities Tennessee

Executive Director:
Tim Henderson

Director of Literature & Language Programs:
Serenity Gerbman

Margaret Renkl

Wayne Christeson

Contributing Writers: Tracy Barrett, Ralph Bowden, Maria Browning, Emily Choate, Julie Danielson, Susannah Felts, Randy Fox, Liz Garrigan, Paul V. Griffith, Steve Haruch, Faye Jones, Sean Kinch, Peter Kuryla, Tina LoTufo, Paul McCoy, Joe Nolan, Sarah Norris, Charlotte Pence, Lyda Phillips, Clay Risen, Chris Scott, Ed Tarkington, Michael Ray Taylor, Stephen Usery, Beth Waltemath, Nicki Pendleton Wood, Erica Wright

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There are Worse Places to Be Targeted

In her debut novel, true-crime writer Phyllis Gobbell turns to fictional mysteries in Provence

by Faye Jones

April 28, 2015 Phyllis Gobbell may be better known as the co-author of two true-crime books featuring murders in Nashville—A Season of Darkness and An Unfinished Canvas—but she is also a widely published writer of short fiction. So it should be no surprise that her first novel, Pursuit in Provence, is a worthy addition to the cozy-mystery field. Gobbell will discuss Pursuit in Provence at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 3 at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 28 April 2015

No Knack for Volition

In Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum invokes Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary to create her heroine’s erotic misadventures

by Emily Choate

April 27, 2015 When Anna—the ex-pat heroine of Jill Alexander Essbaum’s debut novel, Hausfrau—falls into an extramarital tangle with a fellow foreigner, the affair seems contrary to her entire nature as a person and threatens the passive surface of her life. Jill Alexander Essbaum will discuss Hausfrau at The Skillery in Nashville on May 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by The Porch Writers’ Collective and Parnassus Books, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 27 April 2015

Car Trouble

There are times when the only recourse to automotive despair is Neil Diamond

by Morey Hill

April 24, 2015 It started off with a low, quiet groan. The kind of noise my roommate, Chet, makes when I mention things like “utility bills” or “soap.” Although something clearly wasn’t right, I just didn’t want to spend the money to get it fixed. It was a subtle noise, and my approach was to drown it out—I turned up the radio.

Published Friday, 24 April 2015

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Hood’s Tennessee
James R. Knight
The History Press
208 pages

"The Tennessee Campaign of November and December 1864 was the Southern Confederacy's last significant offensive operation of the Civil War. General John Bell Hood of the Confederate Army of Tennessee attempted to capture Nashville, the final realistic chance for a battlefield victory against the Northern juggernaut. Hood's former West Point instructor, Major General George Henry Thomas, led the Union force, fighting those who doubted him in his own army as well as Hood's Confederates. "

--From the Publisher