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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

Subtle but Powerful

Finding the heart of a poem at the 2014 Tennessee Poetry Out Loud state championship

by Karen Parr-Moody

April 28, 2014 Anita Norman, a junior at Arlington High School near Memphis, walked away the winner of this year’s state Poetry Out Loud competition after reciting “Early Affection” by George Moses Horton. “I never want to overpower the words,” she said. Norman will represent Tennessee in the national Poetry Out Loud semi-finals, which will be held in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2014.

Published Monday, 28 April 2014

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

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