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Brushing the Divine

For novelist Amy Greene, a haunted town hidden on the Cumberland Plateau is the perfect place to write

by Amy Greene

April 6, 2015 The Celts believed heaven and earth are three feet apart but even shorter in these thin places. Are such locations where we’re able to brush up against the divine? Sometimes writing feels to me like a brush with the divine. Maybe that’s why places like Rugby call out to those of us who write, putting stories into our heads and almost demanding that we set them down on paper.

Published Monday, 6 April 2015

The Crafts of Freedom

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Mountaintop speech was more than brilliant rhetorical art; it was also the culmination of a lifetime spent in intense and extensive reading

by Scott Newstok

April 2, 2015 We rightly associate Martin Luther King Jr.’s oratorical eloquence with his vocation as a Baptist minister, following his father and grandfather before him. But King also emerged from the rhetorical tradition of the liberal arts, transforming the sources with which he engaged throughout his too-brief life.

Published Thursday, 2 April 2015

A Literary Reunion

The Celebration of Southern Literature brings many of the South’s finest writers to Chattanooga

by Maria Browning

March 23, 2015 The Fellowship of Southern Writers—a group that includes luminaries like Bobbie Ann Mason, Ron Rash, and Natasha Trethewey—will gather in Chattanooga April 16-18, 2015, for the Celebration of Southern Literature, an event that is part writers’ conference, part book festival, and part homecoming for a diverse group of authors who share a connection to the region. Tickets to the biennial event are available now.

Published Monday, 23 March 2015

Distance from Distraction

Rivendell Writers’ Colony in Sewanee offers writers—and readers—a beautiful respite from the day-to-day world

by Susannah Felts

January 21, 2015 Writers’ retreats can be powerful incubators for novels, stories, and poems, allowing writers to immerse themselves in their work, free from the distractions of daily life. Rivendell Writers’ Colony, in Sewanee, is the first of its kind in Tennessee, and word of its particular magic is beginning to travel.

Published Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Breathing Another Country’s Air

Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, the inaugural selection for Memphis Reads, reveals the complexity of the immigrant experience

by Maria Browning

October 30, 2014 Sepha Stephanos, the immigrant protagonist of Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, is not the archetypal ambitious newcomer, striving for American success. He’s a sensitive, troubled man bewildered by life in a culture not his own. The novel is the inaugural selection for Memphis’s first city-wide read. On November 4, 2014, Mengestu will visit Memphis to discuss the book at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and Christian Brothers University. Both events are free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 30 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 Friday, 10 October 2014

An Elegant Rebellion Against the Newsstand

Home & Hill, a new quarterly, tells Tennessee’s story in its own inimitable way

by Susannah Felts

June 26, 2014 Ad-free and distinctive in design, Home & Hill: A Quarterly Magazine in the Tennessee Tradition aims to showcase the character of the state, from its magnificent natural settings to its historic monuments and hidden landmarks, to its makers and purveyors and artists and chefs.

Published Thursday, 26 June 2014

Metaphysician of Daily Life

Library of Congress names Charles Wright U.S. Poet Laureate

by Maria Browning

June 20, 2014 Tennessee native Charles Wright, one of America’s most celebrated poets, has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate. Chapter 16 surveys the life and work of this prolific writer, whose poems are both accessible and deeply philosophical.

Published Friday, 20 June 2014

Cultivating Enchantment

The Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden in Nashville offers a picturesque setting for a reading series

by Emily Choate

June 9, 2014 Each summer Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art offers a colorful addition to Nashville’s literary landscape with a reading series called Annotations. Local authors discuss their work surrounded by the stunning atmosphere of the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden. Beginning on June 13, 2014, with novelist Victoria Schwab, the events will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month during the summer.

Published Monday, 9 June 2014

Taking It to the Kids

Glencliff Elementary kindergartners review Knuckleball Ned, the new picture book by MLB pitcher R.A. Dickey

by Margaret Renkl

May 30, 2014 Knuckleball Ned, the new picture book for young children by Nashville native R.A. Dickey, celebrates diversity and the power of friendship. Chapter 16 invited the kindergartners of Glencliff Elementary, where Dickey attended kindergarten himself, to review the story of how Ned, teased for being different, ultimately saves the day—with a little help from his friends.

Published Friday, 30 May 2014

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