Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Far Out

A Chapter 16 writer remembers the first moon landing

I happened to be at an afternoon performance under the tent on July 20, 1969, when the conductor suddenly halted the orchestra in mid-flight, turned to the audience, and shouted in a joyful voice, “I’ve just been informed that the Americans have landed on the moon!” Then he turned to the orchestra and whipped it into the Star-Spangled Banner.

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The Artist’s Will

In Julia Glass’s A House Among the Trees, an author leaves a will that creates havoc

The death of beloved children’s book author Mortimer Lear forces three adults who knew him to reconsider and reexamine their own lives. Julia Glass will discuss A House Among the Trees at Parnassus Books on July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

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A Girl Named Ruby Clyde

In Corabel Shofner’s Almost Paradise, a young girl confronts a crisis

When fierce, independent Ruby Clyde Henderson finds herself abandoned far from home, she must learn to accept the care of others. Corabel Shofner will read from her debut middle-grade novel, Almost Paradise, at Parnassus Books on July 25 at 6:30 p.m., and at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 13-15.

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When Literature is a Lifeline

At nineteen, Clay Byars became a writer after a stroke left him unable to talk

In Will & I, Sewanee alum Clay Byars joins the ranks of memorable memoirists facing disability with remarkable courage. He will discuss Will & I at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 22 at 2 p.m.

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Twenty-Nine—and Counting

Humanities Tennessee introduces a stellar lineup for the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books

Humanities Tennessee has announced a roster of award-winning, bestselling authors to headline the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books, which will take place in Nashville October 13-15. It’s shaping up to be our best year yet!

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Shattered Lives

A distraught father tries to catch a killer who attacked his daughter in David Bell’s latest thriller

In David Bell’s latest thriller, Bring Her Home, a man searches for answers in a town where childhood secrets have adult-sized consequences. Bell will appear at the Hendersonville Kroger on July 20 at 5 p.m., and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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