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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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Sonja Livingston explores femininity and fertility in Queen of the Fall

by Maria Browning

July 1, 2015 Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses by University of Memphis professor Sonja Livingston takes on themes of femininity and fertility in a direct and quietly fierce style. Livingston will discuss Queen of the Fall at the Mid-South Book Festival, held in Memphis September 9-13, 2015.

Published Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Bringing People Together

With Southern Cooking for Company Nicki Pendleton Wood demystifies the dinner party

by Susannah Felts

June 30, 2015 As a critic and editor, Nicki Pendleton Wood has been writing about food for decades. Now she’s brought forth her own cookbook: Southern Cooking for Company is a compendium of Southern recipes collected from home cooks all over the region. Wood will discuss the project at two Nashville events: Parnassus Books on July 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., and Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt on July 9 at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 30 June 2015

What Would Willie Do?

In It’s a Long Story, Willie Nelson expounds on the downhome zen of songwriting

by Randy Fox

June 29, 2015 Picking up just a short time after the end of his first memoir, 1988’s Willie: An Autobiography, It’s A Long Story is Willie Nelson’s examination of his own lifelong persistence and tenacity, as well as a rumination on the value of family, friends, and self-fulfillment through music.

Published Monday, 29 June 2015

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In the Beginning: The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College
Echol Nix Jr.
Mercer University Press
240 pages

"In the Beginning highlights the history of the world’s largest religious memorial to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired essays on education, social justice, nonviolence, peace, ecumenism, and civil and human rights are offered in honor of Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr., founding dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. This book is a lasting tribute and valuable contribution to the history and educational mission of Morehouse College."

--From the publisher