Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Remembering George

It was 1966, and only one of us died in Vietnam

May 30, 2016 On Memorial Day I always think of my friend George Mangrum of Lauderdale County, Alabama. This is his story. It needs to be told.

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Thriller City

Holly Tucker talks with Chapter 16 about her new nonfiction book about historical intrigue in Paris

Holly Tucker’s City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris tells a fascinating true tale of murder, torture, and intrigue in seventeenth-century Paris—and explains how the City of Light got a nickname that has persisted for centuries. Tucker will discuss the book at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on June 8 on 4 p.m.

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A Satisfying Journey

Richard Tillinghast seeks communion with diverse places in Journeys into the Mind of the World

In a new collection of essays, Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places, poet and inveterate traveler Richard Tillinghast revisits some of the locales that have spoken most profoundly to him, recalling his own experiences and exploring the history and culture that make each one unique.

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Gut Reaction

Weike Wang’s Chemistry is a coming-of-age novel set in a science lab

A young scientist navigates the big questions of career, family, and self in the luminous debut novel, Chemistry, by Weike Wang. On June 1 at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Wang will join Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, in a conversation moderated by Ann Patchett.

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ICE Breaker

For the immigrant mother and son of The Leavers, America is in the heart

In Lisa Ko’s new novel, The Leavers, a Chinese-American worker disappears from the life of her eleven-year-old son, who is subsequently adopted by a white couple. Ko will join Weike Wang, author of Chemistry, in a conversation moderated by Ann Patchett. The event will take place at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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A bookseller recalls the excruciating final weeks of a beloved Memphis institution—and looks to a new store’s future

In January of this year, The Booksellers at Laurelwood began the process of liquidating its stock and closing its doors. As a new store rises from its ashes, Chapter 16’s Kathryn Justice Leache remembers the old store and looks toward the new one. It will be called Novel.

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