Q & A
Bestselling author Anita Shreve discusses her new novel, Stella Bain, which explores a woman’s memory loss during World War I
by Sarah Norris
February 11, 2014 Set against the rich and tragic backdrop of World War I, Anita Shreve’s newest novel, Stella Bain, traces her protagonists’s attempt to piece together her true life and the events leading up to the desperate, shell-shocked state in which wakes. Anita Shreve will discuss Stella Bain at Parnassus Books on February 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Published Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Vanderbilt philosophers Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse discuss their handbook for political disagreement
February 7, 2013 According to Vanderbilt University philosophy professors Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse, the failings of contemporary democracy can in large part be traced to our inability to engage appropriately in political debate. In Why We Argue (and How We Should), the authors set ground rules for the kind of productive, democratic disagreement that they say is fundamental to a civil life. Only by addressing our opponent’s reasons––as opposed to our opponent herself––and by giving a “proper hearing” to those reasons can we foster the reciprocity upon which democracy depends.
Published Friday, 7 February 2014
Edmund White talks with Chapter 16 about his dishy, sexy new memoir of life in Paris
by Liz Garrigan
February 5, 2014 “I hate writing,” Edmund White told a newspaper last year, but he has nevertheless been turning out celebrated titles since the 1970s, writing novels and nonfiction to wide acclaim and drawing on his life as a gay man for all but a handful of them. White moved from New York to Paris in 1983 and stayed in the City of Light for fifteen years, an experience he details in his latest book, Inside A Pearl: My Years in Paris, a contemporary, gay version of A Moveable Feast. White will discuss the book at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Buttrick Hall Room 101, on February 6, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Published Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Anna Quindlen talks with Chapter 16 about writing fiction grounded in reality
by Tina LoTufo
January 29, 2014 In Still Life with Bread Crumbs, the new novel by Pulitzer Prizewinner Anna Quindlen, Rebecca Winter is famous for a single photograph she took years earlier. But fame doesn’t pay the bills indefinitely, and Rebecca sets out to find new inspiration in some unlikely places. Quindlen will discuss the book on February 5, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. in Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.
Published Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Christine Schutt talks with Chapter 16 about her new novel, Prosperous Friends
January 21, 2014 In Prosperous Friends, her third novel, Christine Schutt surveys the marriage of Ned and Isabel, a deeply unhappy pair. Through a succession of exquisitely wrought scenes, she conveys the yearning sadness of a love that never quite happens. Schutt—a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize—recently answered questions from Chapter 16 via email. She will give a free public reading at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on January 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Buttrick Hall Room 102.
Published Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Dwight Garner talks with Chapter 16 about being one of the last full-time book critics in the country
January 13, 2014 It’s not easy to find a silver lining in the decline of local literary coverage across the country, but if there must be only a handful of full-time book critics working today, it’s good news, at least, that one of them is Dwight Garner, who writes for the daily New York Times. Prior to his appearance at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on January 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Buttrick Hall, Room 101, Garner answered questions from Chapter 16. The event is free and open to the public.
Published Monday, 13 January 2014
Glenn Feldman explains how the once-blue South turned red
January 7, 2014 “The South began its move toward the modern Republican party in 1865,” writes Glenn Feldman in the opening sentence of his new book, The Irony of the Solid South: Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1865-1944. Feldman, who earned a master’s degree in political science at Vanderbilt, spends the rest of the book backing up this surprising statement with overwhelming historical evidence.
Published Tuesday, 7 January 2014
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.; at The Stax Museum of Soul Music in Memphis on November 16, 2013, at 5 p.m.; at Burke's Book Store in Memphis on December 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.; and The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on December 20, 2013, at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Published Wednesday, 6 November 2013
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