Q & A

No Strangers

A new spiritual practice for novelist River Jordan leads to a surprising memoir

by Serenity Gerbman

July 30, 2014 When she faced the prospect of sending both of her sons into war zones—one to Iraq, the other to Afghanistan—River Jordan conceived of a unique way to calm her fears: every night she would say a prayer for someone she didn’t know. Along the way, her project became an Internet phenomenon. Jordan will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Sound of Soul

Robert Gordon talks with Chapter 16 about Respect Yourself, his new history of Stax Records

by Stephen Usery

July 22, 2014 Robert Gordon’s Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion is a propulsive page-turner about a white fiddler and bank employee named Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, who built the Stax Record label in the Soulsville neighborhood of Memphis. Robert Gordon will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Where the Truth Lies

Thriller writer David Baldacci talks with Chapter 16 about his new young-adult novel, journeys of heroic proportions, and reading as a synonym for thinking

by Erica Wright

July 7, 2014 “Thrillers and fantasy share one thing: they’re both stories that take you to a place you would never go yourself.” David Baldacci, a bestselling author of thrillers, talks with Chapter 16 about The Finisher, his young-adult novel about fourteen-year-old Vega Jane’s quest to know the truth about her magical town. Baldacci will appear at the Nashville Public Library on July 10, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 7 July 2014

Collective Cooking

Nancy Vienneau shares seasonal delicacies from Nashville’s famed Third Thursday Community Potluck

by Paul V. Griffith

June 24, 2014 Nancy Vienneau seeks to elevate the humble potluck supper beyond images of folding chairs and jello molds. Her Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook: Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Bounty of the Moment features the best of the Third Thursday Community Potluck, a near-legendary Nashville group that revels in creative, seasonal, and fresh menu items. Vienneau will discuss and sign Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Farewell, Sammy

Tracey Davis talks with Chapter 16 about the last days of her famous father, Sammy Davis Jr.

by Paul V. Griffith

June 10, 2014 By his death in 1990, Sammy Davis Jr. was one of the world’s most recognizable personalities. Show business was the only life he knew, and he worked extremely hard at it. During his sixties, throat cancer finally slowed Davis down, and he was able to spend time with his daughter, Tracey. Along with personal and historic photographs, these intimate discussions make up the bulk of Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father, Tracey Davis’s new memoir. Tracey Davis will discuss the book at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on June 16, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Melding Voices

Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin talk with Chapter 16 about writing a novel of romance and suspense—and raising a family—together

by Michael Ray Taylor

June 6, 2014 In a starred review last fall, Booklist called The Tilted World, a historical novel by poet Beth Ann Fennelly and novelist Tom Franklin, a “full-bodied shot of bluesy Americana.” Fennelly and Franklin will discuss the paperback edition of the book at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 12, 2014, at 6 p.m., and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on August 4, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Friday, 6 June 2014

Move Over, Paula Deen

James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence talks about his high-concept Southern cuisine

by Paul V. Griffith

May 22, 2014 With Paula Deen laying low, Southern cooking has room for a new star. Welcome John Currence, a jovial, down-home chef whose Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some weds Deep South comfort with Continental technique. Currence will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on May 28, 2014, at 5 p.m., and again at The Public House at 6:30 p.m. The later event will include food samplings.

Published Thursday, 22 May 2014

A Stranger in Quite a Few Places

Madison Smartt Bell talks to Chapter 16 about his new story collection, Zig Zag Wanderer

by Maria Browning

May 19, 2014 The publisher of Zig Zag Wanderer, Madison Smartt Bell’s third short-story collection, is the innovative Concord Free Press, which gives away all its books with the understanding that readers will “pay it forward” by making a donation to a charity or a person in need. Bell answers questions from Chapter 16 about the stories and CFP’s unique approach to publishing.

Published Monday, 19 May 2014

Capturing Enigma

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright debuts his new drama at the Ingram New Works Festival in Nashville

by Cal Fuller

May 7, 2014 Celebrated playwright Doug Wright, best known for I Am My Own Wife, which won both a Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize, will debut his latest play, Posterity, at the Ingram New Works Festival, which runs May 7-17, 2014, at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville. In this new play, Wright offers a thoughtful look at a pair of remarkable artists concerned with their own legacies. Posterity will be performed May 15-17, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 7 May 2014

You Are What You Cook

Michael Pollan talks with Chapter 16 about his groundbreaking new book, Cooked

by Paul V. Griffith

May 6, 2014 In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan apprentices himself to four culinary experts: a barbeque pit-master, a brazier, a baker, and a fermenter. By mastering their techniques, he writes, we can wrest the kitchen away from Big Food and reclaim both our food chain and our selves. Pollan will appear in Nashville at Ingram Hall in Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music on May 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. He will also appear at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on May 20, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 6 May 2014

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