Q & A
Radley Balko rethinks America’s militarized police forces
December 2, 2013 In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko argues that America’s police forces are growing increasingly dependent on military tools and training, even though most suspects are accused of non-violent crimes. “These policies,” he says, “have given us an increasingly paranoid, increasingly aggressive police force in America, and a public shielded from knowing the consequences of it all.”
Published Monday, 2 December 2013
Tracy Moore’s new pregnancy guide is an irreverent, hilarious look at modern parenthood
November 20, 2013 With chapter headings like “If Your Friends and Family Start Acting Like Dramatic Weirdos” and “How to Eat All the Stuff You Aren’t Supposed To,” there’s no mistaking Tracy Moore’s Oops! How to Rock the Mother of All Surprises for a garden-variety pregnancy guide. Instead it’s an irreverent, hilarious look at modern breeding from the perspective of a work-hard-party-harder writer who had no plans to get pregnant—and then did.
Published Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Robert Gordon talks with Chapter 16 about Respect Yourself, his new history of Stax Records
November 6, 2013 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. Together with Al Bell, who came on board later, they made Stax home to Southern soul music from the likes of Carla Thomas, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, and Booker T. & the M.G.s. Gordon will discuss Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 13, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., and at The Stax Museum of Soul Music in Memphis on November 16, 2013, at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Published Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Ann Patchett talks about her new essay collection—and the beginnings of her next novel
October 30, 2013 Ann Patchett energetically resists all efforts to identify autobiographical elements in her fiction, but she has never been averse to personal writing in general: in fact, as she explains in her new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, she got her start as a writer by publishing essays and features for national magazines. Prior to her reading on November 4, 2013, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville , Patchett spoke with Chapter 16 about how opening a bookstore gave her the courage to publish this book. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.
Published Wednesday, 30 October 2013
In We Are Water, Wally Lamb unwinds the tangled threads that hold families together through fire and flood
October 28, 2013 Wally Lamb’s fifth novel, We Are Water, is a testament to the fact that families can survive almost anything thrown at them—murder, abuse, abandonment—if love remains. Lamb will discuss We Are Water at the Nashville Public Library on November 5, 2013, at 6:15 p.m. as part of the Salon@615 series. The event is free and open to the public.
Published Sunday, 27 October 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert talks with Chapter 16 about her new historical novel, The Signature of All Things
by Sarah Norris
October 24, 2013 Bestselling memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert will discuss her first novel in thirteen years, The Signature of All Things, as part of the Salon@615 series at the Nashville Public Library on November 1, 2013, at 6:15 p.m. She will also appear at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville on November 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. The Nashville event is free. Tickets for the Knoxville event are $35 and include a copy of the novel.
Published Wednesday, 23 October 2013
With American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye, Clay Risen chronicles the rebirth of a lost national craft
October 17, 2013 The new book by Chapter 16’s own Clay Risen, American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye, covers the history of American whiskey and investigates current practices in the industry. It also offers profiles, ratings, and tasting notes for over 200 whiskeys. Risen will launch the book at a whiskey-tasting event at Barista Parlor in East Nashville October 25, 2013, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include a copy of the book. All proceeds will benefit Humanities Tennessee.
Published Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Susannah Cahalan talks with Chapter 16 about a rare disorder that took her away from her loved ones and herself
by Faye Jones
October 10, 2013 In Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan recounts her battle against a rare neurological disorder that threatened her life and her very identity. Having no memory of this period, Cahalan used her skills as a journalist to recreate the effects the disease had on her and her loved ones.
Published Thursday, 10 October 2013
Bill Bryson talks with Chapter 16 about Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and other historical figures great and small
October 9, 2013 Nonfiction author Bill Bryson may be best known for his witty travel writing, but he also has a gift for converting large swaths of history into readable narratives. His new book, One Summer: America, 1927, covers a small swath of history, but with novelistic grace and style. He recently talked with Chapter 16 prior to his appearance at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13, 2013. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Ayana Mathis discusses the mysteries of human experience, including her novel’s elusive protagonist
by Emily Choate
October 8, 2013 Hattie Shepherd, the woman at the center of Ayana Mathis’s debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie—made famous as the first selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0—has survived the Jim Crow South, a decades-long struggle with poverty, and life as the mother of eleven children. Today Mathis talks with Chapter 16 about Hattie’s complicated character. Mathis will appear at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13, 2013. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Monday, 7 October 2013
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