Q & A
NPR’s Fiona Ritchie talks with Chapter 16 about her new book on the evolution of Appalachian music
October 2, 2015 In a book that includes lavish illustrations and a twenty-track CD, Fiona Ritchie, creator and host of the long-running public radio program The Thistle and Shamrock, and Doug Orr, founder of the Swannanoa musical workshops, have produced an authoritative history of traditional American music. The pair will discuss Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 9-11, 2015.
Published Friday, 2 October 2015
Songwriter Bobby Braddock talks with Chapter 16 about his new memoir—and fifty years on Nashville’s Music Row
September 30, 2015 In his new memoir Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock looks back over a life that coincides with some of the South’s most significant social and political changes. Braddock will discuss the book at three Nashville events: on October 3, 2015, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; on October 9, 2015, at the Southern Festival of Books; and October 19, 2015, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt.
Published Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Paul Theroux turns his keen traveler’s eye upon southern states and the state of all things Southern
September 28, 2015 In a career spanning five decades, Paul Theroux has produced fifty-one books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Mosquito Coast, The Great Railway Bazaar, and other notable titles. In his new book he chronicles extensive travels through the American South. Theroux will discuss Deep South during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.
Published Monday, 28 September 2015
Ruth Reichl talks with Chapter 16 about the healing powers of the kitchen
September 24, 2015 Ruth Reichl was devastated when the magazine she edited, Gourmet, shut down. Where does a food writer go when there’s nowhere to go? The kitchen, of course. Reichl’s first cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life, chronicles her rediscovery of the pleasures of cooking. Reichl will discuss the book at the Nashville Public Library on October 1, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.
Published Thursday, 24 September 2015
Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess, talks with Chapter 16 about koalas, “voodoo vaginas,” and mental illness
by Faye Jones
September 21, 2015 Fans of Jenny Lawson’s blog—and her first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened—know to expect an offbeat and raucous view of the world. Lawson doesn’t disappoint in Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, which addresses the author’s lifelong struggle with depression. Lawson will appear at the Nashville Public Library on September 30, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.
Published Monday, 21 September 2015
Sven Beckert talks with Chapter 16 about how the history of cotton explains the origin of modern capitalism
by Clay Risen
September 11, 2014 History is often told through the stories of wars, famines, and presidents, but as Harvard historian Sven Beckert shows in his new book, it can also be told through a simple, everyday crop: cotton. Beckert will discuss Empire of Cotton at Rhodes College in Memphis on September 17, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Published Friday, 11 September 2015
Children’s author Margo Lanagan talks with Chapter 16 about the pleasure of writing with collaborators
September 9, 2015 Margo Lanagan, Scott Westerfeld, and Deborah Biancotti kick off a new science-fiction series for young adults with Zeroes, the gripping story of a group of teens with unlikely superpowers. All three authors will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. Today Lanagan speaks with Chapter 16 about this smart, fast-paced YA novel.
Published Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Kwame Alexander discusses The Crossover, his award-winning YA novel about basketball, family, and the rules of life
August 24, 2015 In this interview, Kwame Alexander reflects on basketball, music, political consciousness, and the challenges and rewards of writing a young-adult novel in verse. He will discuss The Crossover, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal, at the
Published Monday, 24 August 2015
Beloved children’s author Dav Pilkey talks with Chapter 16 about Captain Underpants
August 19, 2015 There’s something rotten in the state of Ohio in Captain Underpants and the Sensational Sir Stinks-A-Lot, the twelfth “epic novel” in Dav Pilkey’s popular series of graphic novels for children. Pilkey will appear as part of the Salon@615 series at the Nashville Public Library on August 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.
Published Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Jessica Young talks with Chapter 16 about her book for young readers—and the four other books she’s bringing out this year, too
July 31, 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 appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Friday, 31 July 2015
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