Q & A

A Shared World

Eavan Boland talks with Chapter 16 about her new work, the definition of memoir, and poems as unfinished business

by Erica Wright

April 7, 2014 “Your poems may be in the past. Your faults are always in the future.” In this interview, Eavan Boland discusses her latest books, including A Journey with Two Maps, which blurs the boundaries of genre by combining memoir with literary criticism. On April 10, 2014, at 7 p.m., Boland will appear in Buttrick Hall on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville as part of the Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 7 April 2014

Making Over Miss Julia

Ann B. Ross contemplates the joys and challenges of a literary franchise that’s going strong after fifteen installments

by Amaryllis Lyle

April 4, 2014 Ann B. Ross, already beloved for her Miss Julia cozy mysteries, will surely keep fans happy with the fifteenth installment of the series, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover. Ross will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 9, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Friday, 4 April 2014

Telling Stories

Hampton Sides talks about Memphis, civil rights, and why some people think he’s a CIA agent

by Clay Risen

April 1, 2014 “It’s a time-honored literary instinct for a writer to want to return to the place where he was born,” Hampton Sides says about his reasons for writing Hellhound on His Trail, a history of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. On April 3, 2014, Hampton Sides will give a talk titled "Telling Stories: The Art and Craft of Narrative History" at the University Center Theater on the campus of the University of Memphis. Following a reception at 5:30 p.m., the lecture will begin at 6. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Finding a Bigger Mirror

Karen Joy Fowler talks about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the Nashville Reads book selection for 2014

by Tina LoTufo

March 26, 2013 Hilarious and heartbreaking, poignant and absurd, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is the Nashville Reads book selection for 2014. The novel asks readers to consider the ways in which all creatures are connected and responsible to one another. Fowler answered questions from Chapter 16 in advance of her appearance at the Nashville Public Library on April 1, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Profound Activities of the Mind

Prior to her Memphis appearance, Shakespearean scholar Marjorie Garber talks with Chapter 16 about the pleasures of reading and the value of the humanities

by Sean Kinch

March 20, 2014 Marjorie Garber believes that the way we read Shakespeare’s plays tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the Bard himself. In an interview with Chapter 16, Garber discusses her approach to Shakespeare, her love of literature, and her commitment to intellectual speculation. She will speak at Rhodes College in Memphis on March 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. Her talk, “Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities,” is free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 20 March 2014

Moving Pictures All the Time

Novelist Meg Wolitzer talks about time, friendship, and why you can’t go home again

by Fernanda Moore

March 19, 2014 “Early friendships take place at a time when you are experiencing all kinds of ‘firsts.’ And for another person to witness your firsts, or let you see hers, can be especially intimate and meaningful. It’s like you are enclosed in a little laboratory together, performing experiments and making concoctions, and figuring out how you each want to be.” Prior to her appearance at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 27 at 6:30 p.m., Meg Wolitzer talks about her new novel, The Interestings, with Chapter 16


Published Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Giving Gifts to Keep As Long as You Live

Stephen Wade discusses the stories behind the classic folk recordings in his book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us

by Randy Fox

March 18, 2014 In The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, Stephen Wade unearths the stories behind classic Library of Congress folk recordings. In thirteen involving narratives, he demonstrates how cultural forces and personal experiences combined in a few brief moments behind a microphone to create powerful musical legacies.

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Wild Ride

Rocker Graham Nash talks to Chapter 16 about his new autobiography, Wild Tales, his political activism, and his often tumultuous life as a member of both The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

by Paul V. Griffith

March 17, 2013"> According to rocker Graham Nash, the harmony that gave the world songs like “Carry On,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” and “Teach Your Children”––songs that defined an era––emerged fully formed. In Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Nash documents his time with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and sometimes Young, and describes the rise of his earlier band, The Hollies. In an event cosponsored by Parnassus Books and the Nashville Public Library, Nash will appear on March 21, 2014, at the downtown library for a brief talk and book signing. The talk is free, but book purchase is required to enter the signing line.

Published Monday, 17 March 2014

A Door She Might Not Want to Open

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

Arguing For Democracy

Vanderbilt philosophers Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse discuss their handbook for political disagreement

by Paul V. Griffith

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

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