Q & A

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

Addressing the Anxieties of Art-Making

Novelist Leah Stewart talks with Chapter 16 about her literary roots in Tennessee

by Susannah Felts

January 7, 2015 Leah Stewart, the author of four critically acclaimed novels, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville who has held teaching positions at both her alma mater and the University of the South in Sewanee. Stewart will return to Tennessee to give a reading in Vanderbilt’s Buttrick Hall, Room 101, on January 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A Storyteller’s Life

Katherine Paterson’s warm, humorous memoir sheds light on a beloved author

by Tracy Barrett

December 10, 2014 Katherine Paterson’s Stories of My Life is a loving look back at an extraordinary life. The Newbery- and National Book Award-winning author of children’s classics like Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, and The Great Gilly Hopkins, Paterson recently answered questions from Chapter 16.

Published Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Farm to Table—to Bookstore

Chapter 16 talks with celebrated chef Sean Brock about his new cookbook, Heritage

by Nicki Pendleton Wood

December 1, 2014 Sean Brock used to swear he’d never write a book. The acclaimed chef and owner of Husk was too busy making food the farm-to-table way, relying on improvisation and in-season ingredients. Nevertheless, Brock has now released a cookbook titled Heritage, and it’s a big book, too: a foot tall and 334 pages long. He will discuss Heritage at POP Nashville on December 3, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 1 December 2014

Picturing the Man in Black

G. Neri talks with Chapter 16 about his picture-book biography of Johnny Cash

by Julie Danielson

November 17, 2014 Award-winning children’s author G. Neri talks with Chapter 16 about his visit to the Southern Festival of Books and the city Johnny Cash knew and loved so well. Neri’s picture-book biography of Cash, Hello, I’m Johnny Cash, is on shelves now.

Published Monday, 17 November 2014

“Give Me My Daily Wickedness”

Celebrated novelist Gish Jen talks with Chapter 16 about truth-telling and the project of fiction

by Sarah Norris

November 6, 2014 A prolific writer known for exploring multiculturalism with keen intelligence, grace, and humor, Gish Jen is the author of four novels, a short-story volume, and, most recently, a nonfiction book created from the talks she gave at Harvard University in 2012 as part of the William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization. Jen will give a free public reading in Buttrick Hall Room 101 on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville on November 13, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Published Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Hamster Express

Legendary author-illustrator Chris Van Allsburg talks with Chapter 16 about his newest picture book

by Julie Danielson

November 5, 2014 Chris Van Allsburg’s newest picture book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie, tells the story of one hamster’s journey from pet shop to freedom—with stops at various cages along the way. Van Allsburg will appear at the Nashville Public Library on November 12, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Paging the Cake-Mix Doctor

Anne Byrn comes to the rescue with a whole new set of recipes for real life

by Nicki Pendleton Wood

November 4, 2014 Anne Byrn—famously known as the Cake Mix Doctor—talks with Chapter 16 about surviving her own culinary emergencies, the gift she brought Julia Child, and why home-cooking really is better than takeout (and not much harder to pull off). Bryne will discuss her new cookbook, Anne Byrn Saves the Day! at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 11, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 4 November 2014

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