Children & YA

A Storyteller’s Life

Katherine Paterson’s warm, humorous memoir sheds light on a beloved author

by Tracy Barrett

December 10, 2014 Katherine Paterson’s Stories of My Life is a loving look back at an extraordinary life. The Newbery- and National Book Award-winning author of children’s classics like Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, and The Great Gilly Hopkins, Paterson recently answered questions from Chapter 16.

Published Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Picturing the Man in Black

G. Neri talks with Chapter 16 about his picture-book biography of Johnny Cash

by Julie Danielson

November 17, 2014 Award-winning children’s author G. Neri talks with Chapter 16 about his visit to the Southern Festival of Books and the city Johnny Cash knew and loved so well. Neri’s picture-book biography of Cash, Hello, I’m Johnny Cash, is on shelves now.

Published Monday, 17 November 2014

The Hamster Express

Legendary author-illustrator Chris Van Allsburg talks with Chapter 16 about his newest picture book

by Julie Danielson

November 5, 2014 Chris Van Allsburg’s newest picture book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie, tells the story of one hamster’s journey from pet shop to freedom—with stops at various cages along the way. Van Allsburg will appear at the Nashville Public Library on November 12, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A Wonderful Year

R.J. Palacio’s 365 Days of Wonder is a timeless collection of precepts to live by

by Tracy Barrett

October 27, 2014 R.J. Palacio’s 365 Days of Wonder—a companion book to Palacio’s bestselling middle-grade novel, Wonder—is a collection of “precepts,” one for each day of the year. Palacio will speak at Harding Academy in Nashville on November 3, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Sunday, 26 October 2014

All Together Now

A Chapter 16 writer considers the collective spirit of the Southern Festival of Books

by Maria Browning

October 10, 2014 The Southern Festival of Books is big, varied, and one of the most inclusive cultural events around. Chapter 16’s Maria Browning considers the special pleasure of the festival’s collective spirit. The twenty-sixth annual Southern Festival of Books will take place in Nashville October 10-12, 2014, at Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 9 October 2014

Each Day a New World

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is the story of a life told in soaring verse

by Tracy Barrett

October 8, 2014 In evocative verse, Jacqueline Woodson, who has just been longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, shares the story of her childhood in Brown Girl Dreaming. Woodson will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 12, 2014, and at the Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on October 13, 2014. Both events are free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 7 October 2014

New Deals

Both Victoria Schwab and Jessica Young have inked contracts on new series fiction for children and young adults

by Margaret Renkl

October 7, 2014 Across publishing, children's and YA titles have kept the publishing industry profitable this year, and Middle Tennessee authors Jessica Young and Victoria Schwab are doing their part for the trend.

Published Monday, 6 October 2014

A Mildly Subversive YA Fantasy

With his signature brand of silly and smart, Jasper Fforde continues his foray into young-adult literature

by Tina LoTufo

October 6, 2013 In Jasper Fforde’s The Eye of Zoltar, mayhem and hilarity vie for center stage. Prior to his appearance at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014, Fforde spoke with Chapter 16 about why writing for young adults isn’t so very different from writing for their parents.

Published Sunday, 5 October 2014

No Surrender

Carl Hiaasen talks about his wacky style of Florida thriller, teen edition

by Michael Ray Taylor

September 30, 2014 In twenty-three novels, two books of nonfiction, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning column for the Miami Herald, Carl Hiaasen has captured the weird side of Florida life—and crime—like no other writer. In Skink—No Surrender, his first YA novel, Hiassen pairs a beloved character from his adult books with a teen narrator. Hiassen will appear at the Nashville Public Library on October 6, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 29 September 2014

Lullaby Pictures

Nashville clay artist Susan Eaddy has created enchanting illustrations for a new bedtime book

by Julie Danielson

September 24, 2014 A welcome addition to the bedtime picture-book shelf, My Love for You Is the Sun is just right for drifting off to sleep—after, that is, you’ve oohed and aahed over Susan Eaddy’s charming clay illustrations. Eaddy will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. She will also appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.

Published Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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