Q & A

Rockin’ His Life Away

Rick Bragg talks with Chapter 16 about writing the epic tale of Jerry Lee Lewis

by Randy Fox

August 20, 2014 Since bursting onto the national scene in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis has lived a life as wild as his music. Drawing from extensive interviews with Lewis, author Rick Bragg tells an epic Southern tale of triumph and tragedy in Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. Rick Bragg 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, 20 August 2014

Fun and Games and ... Physics?

John Scieszka talks with Chapter 16 about his seriously entertaining new tale for young readers

by Tracy Barrett

August 13, 2014 Jon Scieszka, the author of more than fifty books for young readers, served as the first U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor is the first book in a new series focused on science whiz-kid Frank Einstein and his Grampa Al. Scieszka will appear at the Nashville Public Library on August 18, 2014; at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on August 19, 2014; and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on August 20, 2014.

Published Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Great Success

Acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart talks with Chapter 16 about his memoir, Little Failure

by Stephen Trageser

August 12, 2014 In Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart turns his sharp satirical skills on his own history as a Russian Jewish immigrant coming of age in 1980s New York, and on the long and painful history of his family. Poignant and funny in equal measure, the memoir eloquently considers the complicated relationship between family and culture. Shteyngart 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 Tuesday, 12 August 2014

No Strangers

A new spiritual practice for novelist River Jordan leads to a surprising memoir

by Serenity Gerbman

July 30, 2014 When she faced the prospect of sending both of her sons into war zones—one to Iraq, the other to Afghanistan—River Jordan conceived of a unique way to calm her fears: every night she would say a prayer for someone she didn’t know. Along the way, her project became an Internet phenomenon. Jordan will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Sound of Soul

Robert Gordon talks with Chapter 16 about Respect Yourself, his new history of Stax Records

by Stephen Usery

July 22, 2014 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. Robert Gordon will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Where the Truth Lies

Thriller writer David Baldacci talks with Chapter 16 about his new young-adult novel, journeys of heroic proportions, and reading as a synonym for thinking

by Erica Wright

July 7, 2014 “Thrillers and fantasy share one thing: they’re both stories that take you to a place you would never go yourself.” David Baldacci, a bestselling author of thrillers, talks with Chapter 16 about The Finisher, his young-adult novel about fourteen-year-old Vega Jane’s quest to know the truth about her magical town. Baldacci will appear at the Nashville Public Library on July 10, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 7 July 2014

Collective Cooking

Nancy Vienneau shares seasonal delicacies from Nashville’s famed Third Thursday Community Potluck

by Paul V. Griffith

June 24, 2014 Nancy Vienneau seeks to elevate the humble potluck supper beyond images of folding chairs and jello molds. Her Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook: Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Bounty of the Moment features the best of the Third Thursday Community Potluck, a near-legendary Nashville group that revels in creative, seasonal, and fresh menu items. Vienneau will discuss and sign Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Farewell, Sammy

Tracey Davis talks with Chapter 16 about the last days of her famous father, Sammy Davis Jr.

by Paul V. Griffith

June 10, 2014 By his death in 1990, Sammy Davis Jr. was one of the world’s most recognizable personalities. Show business was the only life he knew, and he worked extremely hard at it. During his sixties, throat cancer finally slowed Davis down, and he was able to spend time with his daughter, Tracey. Along with personal and historic photographs, these intimate discussions make up the bulk of Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father, Tracey Davis’s new memoir. Tracey Davis will discuss the book at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on June 16, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Melding Voices

Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin talk with Chapter 16 about writing a novel of romance and suspense—and raising a family—together

by Michael Ray Taylor

June 6, 2014 In a starred review last fall, Booklist called The Tilted World, a historical novel by poet Beth Ann Fennelly and novelist Tom Franklin, a “full-bodied shot of bluesy Americana.” Fennelly and Franklin will discuss the paperback edition of the book at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 12, 2014, at 6 p.m., and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on August 4, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Friday, 6 June 2014

Move Over, Paula Deen

James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence talks about his high-concept Southern cuisine

by Paul V. Griffith

May 22, 2014 With Paula Deen laying low, Southern cooking has room for a new star. Welcome John Currence, a jovial, down-home chef whose Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some weds Deep South comfort with Continental technique. Currence will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on May 28, 2014, at 5 p.m., and again at The Public House at 6:30 p.m. The later event will include food samplings.

Published Thursday, 22 May 2014

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