Book Excerpt: Rick Bragg's My Southern Journey

“My Brother’s Garden”

by Rick Bragg

October 7, 2015 “I listen for the past, but I cannot hear it. The juke joints fall silent, cotton mills wind down to a final, solitary thread, and a last buck dancer shuffles off into the mountain mist. Then I see my brother Mark in his garden, and know that not everything must fade away.” Rick Bragg will discuss My Southern Journey on October 10, 2015, at noon in Conference Room 1 of the Nashville Public Library. The event, part of the Southern Festival of Books, is free and open to the public.

Published Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Simple Living in the Suburbs

With four homeschooled kids, a popular blog, a flock of chickens, a herd of goats, and a new picture book for children, Deanna Caswell has her hands full

by Julie Danielson

August 6, 2015 Deanna Caswell, who writes the popular blog Little House in the Suburbs, has just published a beautiful new picture book, Beach House. A homeschooler and homesteader, Caswell writes regularly about self-sufficiency in the suburbs. Today Chapter 16 takes a look behind the scenes.

Published Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Wisest, and Justest, and Best

Novelist John Pritchard remembers the great journalist John Seigenthaler

by John Pritchard

July 10, 2015 John Seigenthaler, who died last year on July 11, was perhaps the most central and admirable personality that defined the Nashville I lived in during the 1970s. He was the apotheosis of integrity and of all that was serious and good. Anybody who knew him, even if they were his political opposites, held him in lofty esteem for the moral, thoughtful, and inspiringly intelligent human being he was.

Published Friday, 10 July 2015

A Reading Festival That Gets It Right

Knox County Library finds the joy in summer reading

by Julie Danielson

May 7, 2015 With a stellar lineup of award-winning children’s authors and illustrators from all over the country, Knoxville is getting ready for the eleventh annual Children’s Festival of Reading. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at World’s Fair Park on May 16, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Published Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Stella Sisters Make a Splash

Lennon and Maisy Stella, stars of ABC’s drama Nashville, launch their debut picture book, In the Waves

by Julie Danielson

March 4, 2015 In the Waves, Lennon and Maisy Stella’s debut picture book, is an adaptation of their first original song. The sisters celebrated the book’s release on a sunny Nashville day in April, and Chapter 16 was there.

Published Monday, 4 May 2015

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

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