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Heading to Hollywood

Playwright Katori Hall will direct the film version of her play, Hurt Village

by Margaret Renkl

October 27, 2014 Katori Hall will direct the film version of her play, Hurt Village, which is set in her hometown, Memphis.

Published Monday, 27 October 2014

New Deals

Both Victoria Schwab and Jessica Young have inked contracts on new series fiction for children and young adults

by Margaret Renkl

October 7, 2014 Across publishing, children's and YA titles have kept the publishing industry profitable this year, and Middle Tennessee authors Jessica Young and Victoria Schwab are doing their part for the trend.

Published Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A "Hair-Raising Tale"

Hamton Sides's new nonfiction book, In the Kingdom of Ice, earns raves from critics

by Margaret Renkl

September 24, 2014 Hampton Sides's new book, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, was released during the height of summer's dog days, but the book's critical reception has been far from icy.

Published Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Officially a Genius

Poet-translator Khaled Mattawa has won a MacArthur grant

by Margaret Renkl

September 19, 2014 Let's just go ahead and call 2014 Khaled Mattawa's year: in January he was appointed chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and now he has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. What this most recent honor means in lay terms: Mattawa has just won a $625,000 "genius" grant.

Published Friday, 19 September 2014

Assured, Evocative Tales

Readers have been waiting a long time for new collection of stories by Tony Earley

by Margaret Renkl

September 12, 2014 As critics and readers welcome the appearance of a new work of fiction by Tony Earley, whose last book appeared in 2008, the Nashville author himself gives a fascinating interview to The Daily Beast.

Published Friday, 12 September 2014

Editors' Choice

Critics applaud Richard Bausch's Before, During, After

by Margaret Renkl

August 22, 2014 This week's New York Times Book Review includes Before, During, After by former University of Memphis novelist Richard Bausch among its books of the week.

Published Friday, 22 August 2014

Diann Blakely, 1957-2014

Poet Diann Blakely has died after a long illness

by Margaret Renkl

August 11, 2014 “I should note that I don’t consider myself a literary critic,” Diann Blakely once wrote. “Rather, I am a passionate, studious, unfashionably earnest reader and an advocate for the books—especially books of poetry—I care deeply about.” These words could serve almost as a mission statement for Blakely's entire life, which ended on August 5.

Published Monday, 11 August 2014

Authors on the Way

Humanities Tennessee announces the author lineup for the 2014 Southern Festival of Books

by Chapter 16

July 12, 2014 At a party at the Brentwood Public Library tonight, Humanities Tennessee unveiled the lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors set to headline the twenty-sixth Southern Festival of Books, which will be held October 10-12, 2014, at Nashville's Legislative Plaza and downtown library.

Published Saturday, 12 July 2014

John Seigenthaler, 1927-2014

Legendary journalist John Seigenthaler has died at his home in Nashville

by Margaret Renkl

July 11, 2014 John Seigenthaler—revered reporter, editor, author, and advocate for books, civil rights, and the First Amendment—died today after a long struggle with cancer. He was eighty-six.

Published Friday, 11 July 2014

Fifty Years Later

Clay Risen, author of The Bill of the Century, comments on the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

by Margaret Renkl

July 3, 2014 Both NPR and NBC's Meet the Press have tapped Nashville native Clay Risen, frequent Chapter 16 contributor and author of The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, for commentary on the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the contentious Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Published Thursday, 3 July 2014

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