Q & A

Rights and Revolutions

Historian Timothy S. Huebner demonstrates how a “culture of constitutionalism” shaped the era of the American Civil War

by Aram Goudsouzian

June 13, 2016 In his engaging new book, Liberty and Union, Rhodes College professor Timothy S. Huebner brings together an enormous body of scholarship on the secession crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction, compelling us to reconsider what we think we know about the era.

Published Monday, 13 June 2016

The Birth of Black Power

Historian Aram Goudsouzian talks with Chapter 16 about the fiftieth anniversary of James Meredith’s March Against Fear

by Clay Risen

June 2, 2016 As Aram Goudsouzian recounts in his book Down to the Crossroads, the Meredith March Against Fear represented a crucial turning point in civil-rights history. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the march, Goudsouzian will discuss Down to the Crossroads at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on June 9, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 2 June 2016

Let the Truth Show Itself in the Work

Chapter 16 talks with James McBride, author of the 2016 Nashville Reads selection, The Color of Water

by Ed Tarkington

May 2, 2016 Nearly twenty years have passed since the publication of James McBride’s first book, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. The memoir spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to be a regular selection for city-wide programs like Nashville Reads, which will bring James McBride to the Nashville Public Library on May 9, 2016, for a free public reading.

Published Monday, 2 May 2016

All the World’s a Stage

In 1616 Thomas Christensen collects enchanting stories and striking art to describe a world in motion

by Aram Goudsouzian

April 15, 2016 In 1616: The World in Motion, Thomas Christensen describes a time of great change, remarkable people, and global connections. Christensen will discuss the book at Rhodes College in Memphis on April 21, 2016, at 6 p.m. and at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis on April 23, 2016, at 1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 15 April 2016

Surviving the Family

Siblings stare down their childhoods in Ann Packer’s The Children’s Crusade

by Peggy Burch

April 11, 2016 Bestselling novelist Ann Packer will appear at The Skillery in Nashville on April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign The Children’s Crusade, released this month in paperback. The novel, about a family that puts down roots in the 1950s in a wooded area that will become Silicon Valley, shifts among narratives by four siblings, each affected by the chemistry of their mother’s indifference and their father’s devotion.

Published Monday, 11 April 2016

Dirty, Mangled, Smelly—and as Beautiful as Any Treasure

William Joyce takes young readers on an epic journey to rescue a beloved toy

by Julie Danielson

April 5, 2016 Bestselling author-illustrator William Joyce discusses his epic new children’s novel, Ollie’s Odyssey, a tale of love and remembrance. Joyce will appear at Christ the King School in Nashville on April 12, 2016, at 6 p.m., and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Holding a Wolf by the Ears

In his Pulitzer-winning history, The Internal Enemy, Alan Taylor recounts how slaves shaped the War of 1812 and altered the nation’s history

by Aram Goudsouzian

March 24, 2016 Alan Taylor won the second of his two Pulitzer Prizes in History for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. On March 31, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the University Center Theatre on the campus of the University of Memphis, Taylor will deliver the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History on the subject of “The Economy of Violence: The American Revolution in the South.”

Published Thursday, 24 March 2016

Perilous Waters

Nonfiction master Erik Larson takes readers aboard the final voyage of the Lusitania

by Michael Ray Taylor

March 14, 2015 Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, now out in paperback, follows the crew and passengers of the doomed ship, along with their pursuers aboard a German submarine, toward their fateful meeting on May 7, 1915. Larson will discuss the book at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on March 26, 2016, at 7 p.m., and at Christian Brothers University in Memphis on April 15, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Published Monday, 14 March 2016

Reconstructing a Tragedy

Stephen V. Ash describes the Memphis Massacre of 1866, a brutal episode with profound implications for race and democracy

by Aram Goudsouzian

March 9, 2016 In A Massacre in Memphis, Stephen V. Ash tells the story of three days in May 1866 when white mobs rampaged through communities of newly freed blacks, shaping the history of Memphis and the nation. Ash will discuss the book at Rhodes College in Memphis on March 17, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The Human Essence of War

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has won a Newbery Honor Award, one of the highest distinctions in children’s literature

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

March 3, 2016 Aimed at middle-grade readers, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War That Saved My Life tells the story of Ada and Jamie, two inner-city British children who are evacuated to the English countryside to keep them safe from Hitler’s bombing attacks on London. Bradley will discuss her Newbery Honor book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 3 March 2016

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