John Prine’s first official songbook, Beyond Words, collects sixty of his influential songs. It also offers a treasure trove of family photographs, song manuscripts, and short commentaries that highlight the singer’s incisive wit.Read more
Debbie Dadey, author of Mermaid Tales: Flower Girl Dreams, Stephanie Faris, author of Piper Morgan Makes a Splash, and Gail Nall, author of Out of Tune, will read from their middle-grade novels at Books-a-Million in Knoxville on May 19, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on May 20, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 20, and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on May 21.Read more
When Jim Ridley died last year at age fifty, he left a legacy of brilliant writing about movies, literature, music, art, and the vibrant life of a growing city. Celebrating that achievement, Vanderbilt University Press has just announced that it will publish an anthology of the late Nashville Scene editor’s most memorable film reviews. Today Chapter 16 talks with Steve Haruch, editor of People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley.Read more
“The threat to the narrator may be existential in nature but it’s still a threat,” Jenny Offill says of her novel Dept. of Speculation. “Her life is falling down around her.” Offill will read at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on April 6 at 7 p.m.Read more
Nashville native Patricia C. McKissack talks with Chapter 16 about Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, & Stories from an African American Childhood, her one-of-a-kind collection of African American children’s play-time lore.Read more
“Early friendships take place at a time when you are experiencing all kinds of ‘firsts.’ And for another person to witness your firsts, or let you see hers, can be especially intimate and meaningful.” Prior to her appearance at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 23 at 7 p.m., Meg Wolitzer talks about her novel The Interestings.