Q & A

No Surrender

Carl Hiaasen talks about his wacky style of Florida thriller, teen edition

by Michael Ray Taylor

September 30, 2014 In twenty-three novels, two books of nonfiction, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning column for the Miami Herald, Carl Hiaasen has captured the weird side of Florida life—and crime—like no other writer. In Skink—No Surrender, his first YA novel, Hiassen pairs a beloved character from his adult books with a teen narrator. Hiassen will appear at the Nashville Public Library on October 6, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Solving the World’s Problems, One Child at a Time

Nicholas D. Kristof talks with Chapter 16 about the much-anticipated sequel to his bestselling book, Half the Sky

by Clay Risen

September 22, 2014 New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have followed their worldwide bestseller, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women, with a sequel of sorts. A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity looks at innovative ways to make a difference in the world. Prior to his appearance at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014, Kristof sat down with Chapter 16 to discuss poverty, opportunity, and what everyday donors can do to change another person’s life.

Published Monday, 22 September 2014

The Story That Takes Hold

Ishmael Beah writes lyrically in Radiance of Tomorrow about a village recovering from the horrors of war

by Michael Ray Taylor

September 18, 2014 In 2007, Ishmael Beah received widespread praise for his memoir, A Long Way Gone, a troubling account of his life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. In his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, Beah lyrically explores a village much like his own as it struggles toward normal life after a wartime massacre. Beah will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 18 September 2014

A Troubled King

Tavis Smiley talks with Chapter 16 about the final year of MLK's life

by Michael Ray Taylor

September 9, 2014 Tavis Smiley, host of eponymous talk shows on both PBS and public radio, has collaborated with biographer David Ritz to create a human, novelistic portrait of Martin Luther King in his final year: Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year. Prior to his appearance at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 19, Smiley spoke with Chapter 16 about King’s “darkest hours,” the way the civil-rights leader influenced Smiley’s own life, and what he thinks King would make of the present American landscape.

Published Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Anxiety: A Coming-of-Age Story

With breadth, depth, and a healthy dose of doubt, Scott Stossel’s history of anxiety considers what it means to be human

by Beth Waltemath

September 4, 2012 Do people today have more anxiety or just more to be anxious about? Recognizing that anxiety disorders are being diagnosed at a rapidly growing rate, Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, asks this question and more in his new book, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind. Stossel will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 4 September 2014

The John le Carré of Civil-War Espionage

Karen Abbott talks with Chapter 16 about her new work of nonfiction, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

by Holly Tucker

September 2, 2014 Bestselling nonfiction author Karen Abbott (the “pioneer of sizzle history,” according to USA Today) has made a career of writing about unconventional women. Abbott will discuss her new book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War , at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. and again at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.

Published Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Behold the French Colossus

Box Brown talks with Chapter 16 about his graphic biography of Andre the Giant

by Stephen Usery

August 29, 2014 Legendary professional wrestler Andre the Giant was so large, even as a pre-teen, that the school bus refused to carry him to his studies. In Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Box Brown, an Ignatz award-winning comic artist, has brought the life of one of the world’s most recognizable celebrities to a graphic format. Brown will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 29 August 2014

Hell is Other People (and Other Ghosts)

In Rooms, Lauren Oliver explores the secrets that haunt both the living and the dead

by Faye Jones

August 28, 2014 Lauren Oliver, internationally bestselling author of young-adult novels, makes her debut for adults with Rooms, a ghost story. In the novel, Richard Walker’s death brings home his bitter ex-wife and estranged children, and memories associated with the house add to tensions between them. But they are not the only ones trapped by memories of this house: Alice and Sandra, now ghosts who once lived and died there, have their secrets, too. Lauren Oliver will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 10-12. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 28 August 2014

An American Story

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco talks with Chapter 16 about his new memoir

by Charlotte Pence

August 27, 2014 Richard Blanco brings a poet’s keen eye for observation and a prose writer’s gift for plot to his new memoir, The Prince of los Cocuyos, which illustrates how cultural, sexual, and artistic sensibilities are “all developed—not independently of each other—but simultaneously.” Blanco will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 27 August 2014

War Noir

James Ellroy talks with Chapter 16 about cops, history, and “literary megalomania”

by Michael Ray Taylor

August 25, 2014 In Perfidia, a wartime tour de force, James Ellroy returns to familiar characters and historical figures in the first book of what he calls his Second L.A. Quartet. The novel focuses on betrayals large and small among the Los Angeles police in the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ellroy will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 25 August 2014

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