Q & A

The Ball is Your Heart

Kwame Alexander discusses The Crossover, his award-winning YA novel about basketball, family, and the rules of life

by Aram Goudsouzian

August 24, 2015 In this interview, Kwame Alexander reflects on basketball, music, political consciousness, and the challenges and rewards of writing a young-adult novel in verse. He will discuss The Crossover, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal, at the Southern Festival Books held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Monday, 24 August 2015

Stinky Success

Beloved children’s author Dav Pilkey talks with Chapter 16 about Captain Underpants

by Michael Ray Taylor

August 19, 2015 There’s something rotten in the state of Ohio in Captain Underpants and the Sensational Sir Stinks-A-Lot, the twelfth “epic novel” in Dav Pilkey’s popular series of graphic novels for children. Pilkey will appear as part of the Salon@615 series at the Nashville Public Library on August 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Five Times the Fun

Jessica Young talks with Chapter 16 about her book for young readers—and the four other books she’s bringing out this year, too

by Julie Danielson

July 31, 2015 Jessica Young’s Finley Flowers: Original Recipe is the first in a new series of chapter books about an inventive young girl and her warm circle of friends. This title—the first of five books Young will release this year—tells the story of Finley’s attempts to win the school cook-off. Young will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 31 July 2015

“It Changes Everything, and It Changes Nothing”

Chapter 16’s own Ed Tarkington lands a book deal with Algonquin

by Margaret Renkl

July 30, 2015 Today Chapter 16 contributing writer Ed Tarkington talks about his forthcoming novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, which he calls a “mash-up of Cain and Abel, the Prodigal Son, The Graduate, and ‘A Rose for Emily,’ set in the small-town Upper South, with a soundtrack by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.” Tarkington will read from the novel at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 30 July 2015

Celebrating Proud Black Women

Alysia Burton Steele’s portraits of long-lived black women in the Mississippi Delta explodes contemporary notions of beauty

by Alice Randall

July 21, 2015 Alysia Burton Steele’s Delta Jewels is quite obviously part autobiography, part biography, part photography book, and part autograph book. But it is the less obvious parts—Steele’s critique of prevailing beauty aesthetics and her exploration of the intimate lives of long-lived black women—that dazzle. She will discuss the book at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Crooked Letters

Ace Atkins discusses The Redeemers, his fifth novel featuring Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson

by Michael Ray Taylor

July 16, 2015 The Redeemers is Ace Atkin’s fifth novel in a suspense series featuring Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson, a truly Southern action hero who seems destined to build a following similar to John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers or C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett. Atkins will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on July 26, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Published Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Pleasure, Not a Chore

President Jimmy Carter talks with Chapter 16 about his new memoir, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

by Stephen Usery

July 14, 2015 Jimmy Carter was fifty-two years old when he was elected president of the United States in 1976. His time in the White House was, as he puts it, “the pinnacle of my political life,” but they were only four years in a life built of service—to his family, to his faith, to his country, and to the world—that has now spanned more than nine decades. Today Carter talks with Chapter 16 about his new memoir, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. He will sign copies of the book at the Nashville Public Library on July 23, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 14 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

All the World’s a Stage-Six Pandemic

Emily St. John Mandel talks with Chapter 16 about the role of art in what makes us human

by Stephen Usery

June 18, 2015 While most contemporary writers of post-apocalyptic fiction trace their literary lineage to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Emily St. John Mandel reached back to Shakespeare’s King Lear in writing her own bestselling novel, Station Eleven. Mandel will read from the novel’s paperback release at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 18 June 2015

Rhythm and Pop

Lynne Berry talks with Chapter 16 about her newest picture book, Pig and Pug

by Julie Danielson

June 17, 2015 Nashville children’s author Lynne Berry has fun with alliteration in her newest picture book, Pig and Pug. She will speak at Parnassus Books, along with some canine surprises, on June 20, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 17 June 2015

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