“In 1814 We Took a Little Trip”

Archivist Tom Kanon examines Tennessee’s role in the War of 1812

by Chris Scott

February 27, 2015 The nearly forgotten War of 1812, with the related Creek War, made Andrew Jackson a hero and launched Tennessee to national prominence. In Tennesseans at War, 1812 – 1815: Andrew Jackson, the Creek War, and the Battle of New Orleans, state archivist Tom Kanon details the causes, facets, and consequences of a fight that should be more remembered.

Published Friday, 27 February 2015

Passion, Precision, and Wit

John Jeremiah Sullivan takes home the 2015 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for nonfiction—and $150,000

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 26, 2015 Sewanee grad John Jeremiah Sullivan has already won two National Magazine Awards, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Now he’s added a new title to his list of accolades: the 2015 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for nonfiction.

Published Thursday, 26 February 2015


Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams remember the kitchens of their ancestors—and offer healthful versions of family staples

by Nicki Pendleton Wood

February 19, 2015 Soul Food Love, the new cookbook memoir by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams, is an elegy for the foods that nourished their ancestors, as well as an up-to-the-minute collection of flavor-forward recipes for sustainable, healthful eating. The mother-daughter duo will appear at the Nashville Public Library on February 28, 2015, at 2 p.m. as part of the Salon@615 series.

Published Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mother Lode

Kelly Corrigan’s third memoir, Glitter and Glue, is a poignant tale of learning to love her mother

by Sarah Norris

February 18, 2015 In her newest memoir, Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan weaves together the complicated story of her relationship with her own mother and her 1992 experience as a nanny for a motherless family in Australia. Kelly Corrigan will discuss her third memoir, Glittler and Glue, at Gilda’s Club in Nashville on February 25, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a paperback copy of the bestselling memoir.

Published Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Like a Sculptor

Amy Hoffman talks with Chapter 16 about her memoirs, Lies About My Family, An Army of Ex-Lovers, and Hospital Time

by Simone Wolff

February 17, 2015 Amy Hoffman has two families: the one she was born into, and the one she’s chosen along the way. Her memoirs tell both family histories with humor, honesty, and tenderness. Hoffman will give a free public reading in Nashville at Vanderbilt University’s Calhoun Hall, Room 109, on February 24, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Skin Deep

Nell Irvin Painter talks with Chapter 16 about The History of White People, the relationship between sex and beauty, and the necessity of the Black Lives Matter movement

by Peter Kuryla

February 11, 2015 Historian Nell Irvin Painter, widely considered one of the most creative and skilled interpreters of the history of the American South and of African Americans, talks with Chapter 16 about how the concept of race entered human consciousness, why notions of beauty are so inextricably linked to sex, and how contemporary readers should accommodate for historical wrong-headedness. Painter will speak at Rhodes College in Memphis on February 15, 2015, at 6 p.m. in an event that is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A Home in Writing

A unique writers’ group in Memphis has produced a book of first-hand accounts of homelessness

by Joe Nolan

January 23, 2015 The Door of Hope Writing Group in Memphis is a weekly meet-up for homeless writers. The nonprofit’s new project, Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness, chronicles both the hard times and big breakthroughs of writers living on the street.

Published Friday, 23 January 2015

Memphis, Key to the Mississippi

Edward B. McCaul Jr. examines the Civil War struggle for control of the Mississippi River

by Ralph Bowden

January 22, 2015 To Retain Command of the Mississippi is Edward McCaul’s thorough look at everything—strategy, politics, personnel, boats, technology, and battles—connected with the campaign to establish control of the Mississippi during the first two years of the Civil War. McCaul argues that the river battle at Memphis could have gone the other way, with consequences that might have led to Confederate independence.

Published Thursday, 22 January 2015

Be a Mule

Revered novelist Tim O’Brien talks with Chapter 16 about his forthcoming Nashville appearance with the other Tim O’Brien, a bluegrass legend

by Ed Tarkington

January 12, 2015 For more than thirty years, Tim O’Brien has been regarded as one of the definitive voices of the Vietnam War. A literary trailblazer, he melds fact and fiction in texts that are both starkly realistic and surreal. O’Brien will be in Nashville on January 17, 2015, to share the stage with Tim O’Brien, the equally legendary Nashville musician, at a special benefit in support of The Porch Writers’ Collective.

Published Monday, 12 January 2015

Rock’n’Roll Sunset

In The Next Elvis, Barbara Barnes Sims offers a down-to-earth view of the legendary Sun Records

by Randy Fox

January 9, 2015 Barbara Barnes Sims spent three years witnessing rock’n’roll history from the ground level, working at the legendary Sun Records label in the late 1950s. Her fascinating memories of that time are collected in The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records.

Published Friday, 9 January 2015

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