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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: 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

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With In It For The Long Run: A Musical Odyssey, Jim Rooney takes readers on the ride of his life

by Stephen Trageser

April 17, 2014 In a music career spanning six decades, Jim Rooney has worn nearly every hat—from stage hand, promoter, and performer to producer, publisher, and biographer— and crossed paths with all manner of luminous talents: Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, John Prine, and Iris DeMent, just to name a few. Rooney will discuss and sign copies of his autobiography, In It For The Long Run, at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. on April 23, 2014, and at The Station Inn in Nashville on April 24, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Published Thursday, 17 April 2014

In Praise of Moderation

Todd S. Purdum’s new book about landmark civil-rights legislation looks back at a Congress capable of compromise

by Peter Kuryla

April 16, 2014 In An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, his highly readable popular history of the politics behind the groundbreaking civil-rights legislation, Todd Purdum is open to messy, multi-causal explanations involving a large cast of historical characters. Purdum will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 23, 2014, at 3 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Everyone Wanting Only the Best

In The Vacationers, Emma Straub’s characters head to Mallorca amid simmering conflict

by Ed Tarkington

April 14, 2014 Just as Jim and Franny Post prepare to embark on a two-week jaunt to Mallorca—a final family trip before their youngest child leaves for college—their perfect life falls apart. Emma Straub will discuss The Vacationers on April 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Buttrick Hall, Room 102, on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising
By Lara Parker
Tor Books
400 pages

“Fans of Dark Shadows have long awaited this second book by Parker. Parker has done her research. She takes us effortlessly from Collinsport in 1971 to Salem Village in 1692 and does a wonderful job of capturing the history of both periods. Her spellbinding plot and descriptive prose will please those who love a supernatural romance. She has captured the characters, the dialogue, and the spirit of the show perfectly.”

--RT Book Reviews