Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Before Extinction

Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal gives words to a human ancestor who used very few

The Last Neanderthal, Claire Cameron’s third novel, toggles between the life of a fierce Neanderthal woman struggling alone to survive and give birth, and the life of an equally determined scientist struggling to defend her work as she too anticipates the birth of a child. Cameron will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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See Us. Hear Us. Help Us.

In his new middle-grade novel, Alan Gratz illuminates the universal plight of refugees

Alan Gratz has distilled the horrors of Nazi Germany, Castro’s Cuba, and the Syrian refugee crisis into a beautifully written, heart-wrenching balancing act between three pre-teen protagonists separated by decades but united by courage. Gratz will discuss Refugee at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Boy, Interrupted

Martin Wilson’s We Now Return to Regular Life returns an abducted boy to his family

Martin Wilson’s We Now Return to Regular Life is the powerful story of Sam Walsh, a fourteen-year-old boy who is reunited with his family after three years in captivity. With determination and strength, he surprises them all. Wilson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 10.

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When Piggly-Wiggly Met Pigskin

Wylie McLallen recovers the forgotten history of football in Memphis

In Tigers by the River, Wylie McLallen tells the tale of the first Memphis Tigers, a professional football squad of the late 1920s and early 1930s.

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Paying Attention

Lee Smith talks with Chapter 16 about writers and writing, memories and remembering

In this generous and thoughtful interview, Lee Smith reflects further on her writing life, the way her stories have been shaped by certain books, and the significance of place in her work, among other subjects. She is a voice of encouragement for anyone who feels summoned to put words on the page.

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A Bit of a Renaissance

Mrs. Fletcher is Tom Perrotta’s timely—and timeless—tale of a mother and a son and an empty nest

Whether he’s dissecting student-teacher power games, riffing on overinvolved parenting, or taking inspiration from an actual doomsday cult, Tom Perrotta writes books that are slick, delightful explorations of classic suburban mores garnished with contemporary concerns. Perrotta will discuss his new novel, Mrs. Fletcher, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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