Q & A

Making a Necessity of Memory

Poet Natasha Trethewey talks about history, her work, her biracial identity, and the violence in her past

by Maria Browning

March 16, 2015 Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2007 for her third book, Native Guard, which explores the complex interplay of personal and collective history. Natasha Trethewey will give a reading at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 19, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event, which will be held in Wilson Hall Room 126, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 16 March 2015

Poetry in the Air

On the weekly radio show “Difficult Listening,” David M. Harris shares poetry, music, world news, advice, and memories

by Sarah Norris

March 13, 2014 Broadcast on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, Radio Free Nashville’s “Difficult Listening” program is hosted by David M. Harris. The show centers on poetry: Harris, a writer himself, reads poems on the air and offers his own interpretations.

Published Friday, 13 March 2015

Fiction as Autobiography

Claire Vaye Watkins talks with novelist Adam Ross about her celebrated debut story collection, Battleborn

by Adam Ross

March 9, 2015 Claire Vaye Watkins, writes novelist Adam Ross, has “known the worst kind of loss. She’s also transformed it into startling, original fiction." Watkins will appear at Vanderbilt University on March 12, 2015, at 7 p.m. This event, part of the Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 9 March 2015

Like a Sculptor

Amy Hoffman talks with Chapter 16 about her memoirs, Lies About My Family, An Army of Ex-Lovers, and Hospital Time

by Simone Wolff

February 17, 2015 Amy Hoffman has two families: the one she was born into, and the one she’s chosen along the way. Her memoirs tell both family histories with humor, honesty, and tenderness. Hoffman will give a free public reading in Nashville at Vanderbilt University’s Calhoun Hall, Room 109, on February 24, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Skin Deep

Nell Irvin Painter talks with Chapter 16 about The History of White People, the relationship between sex and beauty, and the necessity of the Black Lives Matter movement

by Peter Kuryla

February 11, 2015 Historian Nell Irvin Painter, widely considered one of the most creative and skilled interpreters of the history of the American South and of African Americans, talks with Chapter 16 about how the concept of race entered human consciousness, why notions of beauty are so inextricably linked to sex, and how contemporary readers should accommodate for historical wrong-headedness. Painter will speak at Rhodes College in Memphis on February 15, 2015, at 6 p.m. in an event that is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 10 February 2015

It Wasn’t Strange at the Time

Adam Ross talks with Chapter 16 about his forthcoming novel, Playworld

by Margaret Renkl

February 10, 2015 Chapter 16 talks with Adam Ross, bestselling author of Mr. Peanut and Ladies and Gentlemen, about his work-in-progress, the story of a year in the life of a child actor. Ross will give a free public reading at the University of Tennessee’s Hodges Library in Knoxville on February 16, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Pushed to the Edge

Samantha Shannon talks with Chapter 16 about The Mime Order, the new novel in her mind-bendingly good dystopian series

by Sarah Norris

February 2, 2015 In The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon’s runaway bestseller, the young clairvoyant Paige Mahoney has a talent for reading minds that continually lands her in mortal danger. The charismatic protagonist is back in Shannon’s new dystopian thriller, The Mime Order, and Shannon will read from the book at the Nashville Public Library on February 10, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 2 February 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

January 28, 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 launch the series at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 5, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Secret Fusion

Novelist Jonathan Miles talks with Chapter 16 about comedy and philosophy in fiction

by Sean Kinch

January 20, 2015 Jonathan Miles has a gift for transforming life’s base materials into literary gold. His novels, Dear American Airlines (2008) and Want Not (2013), address dark, potentially dispiriting themes with a deft, comedic touch. Miles will give a free public reading at the University of Tennessee’s John C. Hodges Library in Knoxville on January 26, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Be a Mule

Revered novelist Tim O’Brien talks with Chapter 16 about his forthcoming Nashville appearance with the other Tim O’Brien, a bluegrass legend

by Ed Tarkington

January 12, 2015 For more than thirty years, Tim O’Brien has been regarded as one of the definitive voices of the Vietnam War. A literary trailblazer, he melds fact and fiction in texts that are both starkly realistic and surreal. O’Brien will be in Nashville on January 17, 2015, to share the stage with Tim O’Brien, the equally legendary Nashville musician, at a special benefit in support of The Porch Writers’ Collective.

Published Monday, 12 January 2015

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