Bless This Home

Chapter 16 is proud to present the winning story in the Nashville Reads fiction contest

by Rosie Forrest

March 27, 2014 Rosie Forrest holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire, and her stories have appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Whiskey Island, Ampersand Review, and Bite: An Anthology of Flash Fiction. The 2013 writer-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, she now serves as an academic and residential coordinator with Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth. Along with other winners of the Nashville Reads story contest, Rosie Forrest will read “Bless This Home” at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 30, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Published Thursday, 27 March 2014

Dark and Bloody Ground

Alan M. Clark digs into history and horror in The Door That Faced West

by Randy Fox

March 11, 2014 In his new novel, The Door That Faced West, author and illustrator Alan M. Clark digs into the history and horror of the early Tennessee wilderness. It’s a dark story that unearths an even darker landscape in the minds of his characters.

Published Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Remembering John

Friends and colleagues recall John Egerton, Nashville’s beloved writer, activist, and mentor

by Margaret Renkl

December 5, 2013 As soon as news spread of John Egerton’s death, people who loved and admired him began to share recollections of his lasting impact on the world. In advance of a public celebration of Egerton’s life that will be held at the Nashville Public Library on December 8 at 2:30 p.m., we have gathered together some reminiscences from friends and colleagues in Nashville, as well as excerpts from the many obituaries and essays about John in the national media that have appeared during the last two weeks.

Published Thursday, 5 December 2013

In Praise of Strong Women

Robert K. Massie, winner of the 2013 Nashville Public Library Literary Award, talks about the inspiration for his blockbuster biography of Catherine the Great

by Fernanda Moore

November 4, 2013 Two years after the publication of Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie still finds his subject’s political example instructive, and he often notes parallels between Catherine’s public reputation and the treatment of today’s female leaders. Prior to his Nashville visit to accept the 2013 Nashville Public Library Literary Award, Massie spoke with Chapter 16 about his career and inspiration. He will give a lecture on November 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the University School of Nashville. Massie will also appear—with novelist Suzanne Kingsbury—at the Nashville Public Library on November 10 at 2 p.m. as part of the Nashville Writers Circle series. Both events are free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 4 November 2013

American-Made and the Nature of Community

A writer visits the real Tennessee shirt factory at the heart of her new historical novel

by Susan Gregg Gilmore

October 25, 2013 Wages for skilled cut-and-sew workers have risen faster than those of the average job, but young Americans aren’t interested in garment manufacturing. Experts say the work just isn’t glamorous enough to attract their attention. I wish some of them could have joined me recently when I spent an afternoon in an old shirt factory in Dunlap, Tennessee, about twenty miles northwest of Chattanooga.

Published Friday, 25 October 2013

Book Excerpt: Clay Risen’s American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye

Picking out the notes in a good sipping whiskey can take a little practice

by Clay Risen

October 17, 2013 Chapter 16’s own Clay Risen, author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination, will launch his new book, American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye, at a whiskey-tasting event at Barista Parlor in East Nashville October 25, 2013, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include a copy of the book. All proceeds benefit Humanities Tennessee. Today Chapter 16 is publishing an excerpt from the book, as well as Q&A with Risen, but to get a real taste for American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye, you’ll need to reserve your spot at Barista Parlor by clicking here.

Published Thursday, 17 October 2013

Going Way Back Together

Remembering twenty-five years of inspiration at the Southern Festival of Books

by Cindy McCain

October 11, 2013 It’s time again for the Southern Festival of Books, and I can’t wait. My students tease that I’ll tailgate the night before. I might actually do it. Celebrating its twenty-fifth year, the three-day festival will be a real homecoming for readers and writers alike. The Southern Festival of Books will be held at Legislative Plaza in Nashville today through Sunday. Click here for a schedule of 2013 festival sessions and here for a complete list of participating authors. All events at the Southern Festival of Books are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Published Friday, 11 October 2013

Borrow or Buy

Hosted by the Memphis Public Library, the third annual Bookstock festival features forty local authors of books for adults and children

by Sarah Norris

September 27, 2013 The third annual Bookstock festival will showcase forty Memphis-area authors representing multiple genres: fiction, poetry, current affairs, children’s books, and more. This free, family-friendly event, which features talks, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and assorted activities for children, will be held at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis on October 5, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The keynote speech will be delivered by counterterrorism expert Philip Mudd, author of Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda.

Published Friday, 27 September 2013

A Writing Conference to Sink Your Teeth Into

A new conference at MTSU will feature writers of many genres and a keynote speech by Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

by Sarah Norris

September 4, 2013 On September 28, 2013, The Writer’s Loft at MTSU in Murfreesboro will sponsor a new opportunity for aspiring writers in the mid-state: the first annual Middle Tennessee Writers’ Conference. Celebrated novelist Kevin Wilson will give the keynote address, and other speakers booked for the day-long event include nonfiction writer Holly Tucker, poet Bill Brown, fiction writer Linda Busby Parker, and playwright Claudia Barnett. Registration is open to the public through September 10.

Published Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Celebrating the Wide Embrace

Poet Jesse Graves considers the life and literary achievements of Jeff Daniel Marion

by Jesse Graves

July 29, 2013 "One of the most persistent themes in the poetry of Jeff Daniel Marion is a recognition of transience, that what is here now can quickly vanish into the air." Poet Jesse Graves considers the lessons he’s learned over the the years—about poetry, love, home—from poet Jeff Daniel Marion. Jesse Graves and Jeff Daniel Marion will appear at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 29 July 2013

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