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Black Power’s Prophet

Peniel Joseph chronicles the life of Stokely Carmichael, a global icon of revolution

by Aram Goudsouzian

February 5, 2016 Peniel Joseph’s Stokely: A Life details the life and importance of revolutionary icon Stokely Carmichael with such skill that it won the National Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. In honor of the award, Joseph will speak at 11 a.m. on February 11, 2016, at the University of Memphis.

Published Friday, 5 February 2016

Ghosts, Living and Dead

Ed Tarkington talks with Chapter 16 about his debut novel, a coming-of-age story set to the soundtrack of the ‘70s

by Stephen Usery

February 4, 2016 Only Love Can Break Your Heart wasn’t the debut novel Ed Tarkington had in mind when he first started writing in earnest. But after turning out a very different novel that never found a publisher, Tarkington found his voice by mining his own family’s experiences. He will read from the book at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on February 11, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 4 February 2016


Today-show host Hoda Kotb tells the real-life stories of people finding their way

by Michael Ray Taylor

January 26, 2016 Working with Tennessee-based author Jane Lorenzi, Today-show host Hoda Kotb tells the stories of ordinary people who discovered their purpose in life. Kotb will discuss Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us the Way at the Nashville Public Library on January 31, 2016, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Long May We Run

Michael Bess talks with Chapter 16 about Our Grandchildren Redesigned, a speculative look at the near future

by Peter Kuryla

January 20, 2016 Historian of technology Michael Bess talks with Chapter 16 about the human relationship to machines, representations of the future in science fiction, the problem of labor and work in a bioengineered society, and what it will mean to be human in the coming decades. His new book is Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in the Bioengineered Society of the Near Future.

Published Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Celebrating American Heroes

Brad Meltzer talks with Chapter 16 about his new children’s biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Julie Danielson

January 11, 2016 Today bestselling author Brad Meltzer talks about his biography series for children, Ordinary People Change the World. The latest book in the series is about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Published Monday, 11 January 2016

Portrait of the Artist as a Screenwriter

Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel captures F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quest for authenticity in Hollywood

by Erica Ciccarone

January 7, 2016 In his novel West of Sunset, Stewart O’Nan imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final years, a time when he tried to make a fresh start in Hollywood. O’Nan will appear at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on January 12, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 7 January 2016

Ghost Stories

Allyson Hobbs uncovers the fascinating history of racial passing in the United States

by Aram Goudsouzian

December 11, 2015 As Allyson Hobbs reveals in her fascinating history, A Chosen Exile, black people endured great loss when they “passed” as white. Hobbs will discuss her book at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on December 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 11 December 2015

Down the Mountain, Into Despair

In Tim Johnston’s second novel, a Wisconsin family shatters when their college-bound daughter disappears

by Stephen Usery

December 3, 2015 Tim Johnston didn’t expect his second novel to hit The New York Times bestseller list when it was published in January, but Descent merges lyrical prose and complex emotional development into a propulsive, page-turning mystery. Johnston will launch the book’s paperback release at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on December 8, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 3 December 2015

Undersea, Undercover, Under Attack

In Mark Greaney’s new Tom Clancy novel, a Putinesque strong man aims to capture former Soviet lands

by Stephen Usery

November 24, 2015 Memphis author Mark Greaney first garnered attention for his Gray Man thrillers, but he entered the bestselling stratosphere when Tom Clancy tapped him as a co-author on the Jack Ryan series. Since the legendary author’s death in 2013, Greaney has continued the franchise as a solo act. He will sign the latest installment, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, at Barnes & Noble in Memphis on December 1, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 November 2015

War on Words

Violent extremists kidnap a newspaper columnist in Grant Park, a new novel by Leonard Pitts Jr.

by Peggy Burch

November 11, 2015 In Leonard Pitts Jr.’s new novel, Grant Park, a newspaper columnist in Chicago who crusades for racial justice is kidnapped by white supremacists on the morning of President Barack Obama’s first election. Pitts, a syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald, will appear in Memphis, where many of the novel’s historic scenes are set, at 6 p.m. on November 19, 2015, at Crosstown Arts.

Published Wednesday, 11 November 2015

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