Nonfiction

Solving the World’s Problems, One Child at a Time

Nicholas D. Kristof talks with Chapter 16 about the much-anticipated sequel to his bestselling book, Half the Sky

by Clay Risen

September 22, 2014 New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have followed their worldwide bestseller, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women, with a sequel of sorts. A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity looks at innovative ways to make a difference in the world. Prior to his appearance at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014, Kristof sat down with Chapter 16 to discuss poverty, opportunity, and what everyday donors can do to change another person’s life.

Published Monday, 22 September 2014

One Tough Broad

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York writes an exceptionally honest new book about her path to politics and the issues women face

by Liz Garrigan

September 17, 2014 Kirsten Gillibrand is only the sixth—the sixth—woman in history to give birth while serving in Congress, and though she has unfortunately few peers, she gets the challenges facing contemporary women. Her new book, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, is a call to arms urging women to get involved and change the outcome on issues important to them. Gillibrand will discuss her book at a ticketed event at Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall on September 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Weighty Biography

Carol Bradley traces the life of a circus elephant brutally abused for two decades before finally finding peace at Hohenwald’s Elephant Sanctuary

by Liz Garrigan

September 12, 2014 Carol Bradley’s meticulously researched new book, Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top, is a heartrending biography of an Asian elephant brutalized for decades. But it is also a history of the perverse form of entertainment known as the circus. Carol Bradley will discuss Last Chain on Billie at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 19, 2014, at 6 p.m., at I Love Books in Kingsport on September 20, 2014, at 1 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.

Published Friday, 12 September 2014

A Troubled King

Tavis Smiley talks with Chapter 16 about the final year of MLK's life

by Michael Ray Taylor

September 9, 2014 Tavis Smiley, host of eponymous talk shows on both PBS and public radio, has collaborated with biographer David Ritz to create a human, novelistic portrait of Martin Luther King in his final year: Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year. Prior to his appearance at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 19, Smiley spoke with Chapter 16 about King’s “darkest hours,” the way the civil-rights leader influenced Smiley’s own life, and what he thinks King would make of the present American landscape.

Published Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Anxiety: A Coming-of-Age Story

With breadth, depth, and a healthy dose of doubt, Scott Stossel’s history of anxiety considers what it means to be human

by Beth Waltemath

September 4, 2012 Do people today have more anxiety or just more to be anxious about? Recognizing that anxiety disorders are being diagnosed at a rapidly growing rate, Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, asks this question and more in his new book, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind. Stossel 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 Thursday, 4 September 2014

The John le Carré of Civil-War Espionage

Karen Abbott talks with Chapter 16 about her new work of nonfiction, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

by Holly Tucker

September 2, 2014 Bestselling nonfiction author Karen Abbott (the “pioneer of sizzle history,” according to USA Today) has made a career of writing about unconventional women. Abbott will discuss her new book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War , at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. and again at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.

Published Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Behold the French Colossus

Box Brown talks with Chapter 16 about his graphic biography of Andre the Giant

by Stephen Usery

August 29, 2014 Legendary professional wrestler Andre the Giant was so large, even as a pre-teen, that the school bus refused to carry him to his studies. In Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Box Brown, an Ignatz award-winning comic artist, has brought the life of one of the world’s most recognizable celebrities to a graphic format. Brown 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 Friday, 29 August 2014

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

The Cost of a Thing

Decades after first reading Walden, Michael Sims still finds Henry David Thoreau exciting and challenging, maddening and inspiring

by Michael Sims

August 18, 2014 When I first read Thoreau as a teenager, I quickly realized that I had found a magic carpet to my own rural Tennessee world. Henry helped me see and hear and smell my own woodland paths, and my own pond, with fresh senses. He brought a deeply poetic sensibility and a fine education to bear on observing the passenger pigeon and red squirrel, and I tried to apply his way of looking to my own rose-breasted grosbeaks and box turtles.

Published Monday, 18 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

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