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Undersea, Undercover, Under Attack

In Mark Greaney’s new Tom Clancy novel, a Putinesque strong man aims to capture former Soviet lands

by Stephen Usery

November 24, 2015 Memphis author Mark Greaney first garnered attention for his Gray Man thrillers, but he entered the bestselling stratosphere when Tom Clancy tapped him as a co-author on the Jack Ryan series. Since the legendary author’s death in 2013, Greaney has continued the franchise as a solo act. He will sign the latest installment, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, at Barnes & Noble in Memphis on December 1, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 November 2015

War on Words

Violent extremists kidnap a newspaper columnist in Grant Park, a new novel by Leonard Pitts Jr.

by Peggy Burch

November 11, 2015 In Leonard Pitts Jr.’s new novel, Grant Park, a newspaper columnist in Chicago who crusades for racial justice is kidnapped by white supremacists on the morning of President Barack Obama’s first election. Pitts, a syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald, will appear in Memphis, where many of the novel’s historic scenes are set, at 6 p.m. on November 19, 2015, at Crosstown Arts.

Published Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Power to the (Youngest) People

Chelsea Clinton talks with Chapter 16 about It’s Your World, her inspiring new book for middle-grade readers

by Beth Waltemath

November 4, 2015 Chelsea Clinton’s first memory of reading was of scouring the newspaper to keep up with her parents’ conversations. Her new book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, is a resource for kids who are beginning to care passionately about the people, animals, and places in this world. Clinton will appear at the Nashville Public Library on November 11, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Writing in the Direction of Brokenness

Courtney C. Stevens talks with Chapter 16 about her new novel for young adults, The Lies About Truth

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

November 3, 2015 Courtney C. Stevens’s second young-adult novel, The Lies About Truth, is a tender portrayal of pain, a portrait of loss, and a study of the many faces of grief. Stevens will read and sign copies at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 6, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 3 November 2015

History’s Mysteries

Why did so many ancient civilizations collapse at the same time? Eric H. Cline explains

by Aram Goudsouzian

October 27, 2015 Archaeologist Eric H. Cline tackles one of ancient history’s great questions in 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. Cline delivers the Sesquicentennial Lecture in History at the University Center Theater at the University of Memphis on Nov. 5, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Published Monday, 26 October 2015

Holding On to Beauty

Adriana Trigiani talks with Chapter 16 about her grandparents, her new novel, and how love and creativity find expression in writers—and in the rest of us

by Pamela Schoenewaldt

October 23, 2015 Adriana Trigiani will appear at the Nashville Public Library on October 26, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 22 October 2015

Musical Journey

NPR’s Fiona Ritchie talks with Chapter 16 about her new book on the evolution of Appalachian music

by Michael Ray Taylor

October 2, 2015 In a book that includes lavish illustrations and a twenty-track CD, Fiona Ritchie, creator and host of the long-running public radio program The Thistle and Shamrock, and Doug Orr, founder of the Swannanoa musical workshops, have produced an authoritative history of traditional American music. The pair will discuss Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 9-11, 2015.

Published Thursday, 1 October 2015

Time Marches On

Songwriter Bobby Braddock talks with Chapter 16 about his new memoir—and fifty years on Nashville’s Music Row

by Stephen Trageser

September 30, 2015 In his new memoir Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock looks back over a life that coincides with some of the South’s most significant social and political changes. Braddock will discuss the book at three Nashville events: on October 3, 2015, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; on October 9, 2015, at the Southern Festival of Books; and October 19, 2015, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt.

Published Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Road Master

Paul Theroux turns his keen traveler’s eye upon southern states and the state of all things Southern

by Michael Ray Taylor

September 28, 2015 In a career spanning five decades, Paul Theroux has produced fifty-one books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Mosquito Coast, The Great Railway Bazaar, and other notable titles. In his new book he chronicles extensive travels through the American South. Theroux will discuss Deep South during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Sunday, 27 September 2015

A Kind of Meditation

Ruth Reichl talks with Chapter 16 about the healing powers of the kitchen

by Nicki Pendleton Wood

September 24, 2015 Ruth Reichl was devastated when the magazine she edited, Gourmet, shut down. Where does a food writer go when there’s nowhere to go? The kitchen, of course. Reichl’s first cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life, chronicles her rediscovery of the pleasures of cooking. Reichl will discuss the book at the Nashville Public Library on October 1, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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