Chapter 16 is a digital language & literature program of Humanities Tennessee
Director of Literature & Language Programs:
Contributing Writers: Ralph Bowden, Maria Browning, Wayne Christeson, Susannah Felts, Lacey Galbraith, Liz Garrigan, Paul V. Griffith, Faye Jones, Sean Kinch, Tina LoTufo, Paul McCoy, Fernanda Moore, Joe Nolan, Sarah Norris, Charlotte Pence, Anne Delana Reeves, Clay Risen, Chris Scott, Ed Tarkington, Michael Ray Taylor
In Beth Hoffman’s new novel, a Charleston woman searches for long-lost pieces of her family’s past
by Sarah Norris
May 23, 2013 Beth Hoffman’s new novel, Looking for Me, delves into territory that’s very similar to her bestselling 2010 debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, with female protagonists who are forced to reckon with familial loss. Both books take place in the South and feature chivalry, friendly small talk, iced tea, good manners, and respect for hard work and older generations. Hoffman will discuss Looking for Me at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on May 29, 2013, at 7 p.m.
Published Thursday, 23 May 2013
Civil War novelist Jeff Shaara resurrects Vicksburg under Grant’s barrage
by Ralph Bowden
May 22, 2013 Legions of historians have written narratives of Civil War battles bristling with footnotes and rigorous research. They would never presume to include the principal figures’ real-time thoughts or speculate about any conversations between them. Civil War novelist Jeff Shaara, on the other hand, has the freedom to invent. Though his books are also grounded in historical sources, he gives his characters life and includes richly detailed scenes, recreating the guns’ thunder, the ringing ears, the sweat mixing with dirt. Shaara will discuss A Chain of Thunder, his newest novel, on May 26, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the East Tennessee Historical Center in Knoxville.
Published Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Craig Havighurst's Air Castle of the South is the biography of an extraordinary radio station
by Paul McCoy
May 21, 2013 Spin through your AM dial past the static, past the end-timer rants and the political talk, and eventually you’ll tune into 650AM, the home of WSM Radio. You are listening to a signal that’s been going strong for the better part of a century, a signal that helped create Nashville’s very identity and broadcasts the culture of country music to the entire world. In Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City, Craig Havighurst follows an extraordinary group of artists, engineers, and managers as they created a broadcasting legend—and with it an entire industry—from the ground up. Havighurst will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.
Published Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir
"Rogers is an exquisite storyteller, able to get across a range of ideas and emotions in songs like 'Lucille' and 'The Gambler.' That breezy, conversational tone comes across on the page."