Q & A

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

Quick Wit

Novelist Matthew Quick talks with Chapter 16 about teachers, humor, Hollywood, and his new book, Love May Fail

by Michael Ray Taylor

June 16, 2015 In Matthew Quick’s Love May Fail, the sixth novel from the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, a woman leaves a failed marriage in Florida to return to her South Jersey roots, where she discovers how a high school teacher played a profound role in shaping her life. Quick will discuss Love May Fail at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Observations from the Field

Euphoria author Lily King discusses the risks involved in translating real-life anthropologists into fictional characters

by Emily Choate

June 15, 2015 In her acclaimed novel, Euphoria, Lily King draws from the life of Margaret Mead to create a story of three fictional anthropologists propelled into a passionate and dangerous love triangle. Lily King will discuss Euphoria at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 15 June 2015

One Cure to Heal Them All

In Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s new historical novel, a Tennessee root doctor looks for a way to treat suffering after the Civil War

by Stephen Usery

June 12, 2015 In Balm, her new historical novel, Dolen Perkins-Valdez investigates the possibilities of healing the personal and national trauma caused by the Civil War. On June 20, 2015, at 6 p.m., she will discuss the story on WYPL Radio’s Book Talk in Memphis on FM89.3.

Published Friday, 12 June 2015

To Recall a Mockingbird

Marja Mills remembers her time as Harper Lee’s next-door neighbor

by Liz Garrigan

June 3, 2015 When Marja Mills lived next door to Harper Lee, she frequently dined with the legendary author of To Kill A Mockingbird, her sister Alice, and their close circle of friends. Mills will discuss her memoir about the experience, The Mockingbird Next Door, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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