Chapter 16
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Looking Back—and Looking Forward

Editor Adam Ross talks with Chapter 16 about the 500th issue of The Sewanee Review

This fall marks the publication of the 500th issue of The Sewanee Review and a full year of issues under Adam Ross’s leadership. Today the Nashville novelist talks with Chapter 16 about how the past informs the present—and influences the future—at the oldest literary magazine in the country.

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Of Ghost Plants and Whooping Cranes

Naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales considers a dozen exceptional species in Ephemeral by Nature

In his collection of essays, Ephemeral by Nature, naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales is deeply philosophical about our burdened planet. He makes a convincing case for joy and curiosity despite—or perhaps because of—the transience of all living things.

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No Child Left Behind

Jeff Kinney talks with Chapter 16 about his megahit series of children’s books that began with Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are an astonishing phenomenon. What started as a serial comic posted online has become a wildly popular series of books for children. In this repost from 2010, the Wimpy Kid’s creator, Jeff Kinney, answered questions from Chapter 16. Kinney will read from The Getaway, the newest installment of the series, at Oak Hill School in Nashville on November 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Haven in a Dark Time

The stories in Unbroken Circle highlight a range of contemporary Southern voices

With Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South, editors Julia Watts and Larry Smith set out to collect essays and stories that reflect a more nuanced picture of Southern experience. Watts, along with several of the anthology’s contributing writers, will discuss Unbroken Circle at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville November 12 at 2 p.m.

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Hometown Homicide

A detective returns to his hometown to recuperate but finds something else

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson never expected to return to his sleepy hometown, but it’s the perfect place to recuperate. Then the first murder victim is discovered. Layton Green will discuss Written in Blood at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 12 at 2 p.m.

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The Way and the Truth of Creative Living

A Chapter 16 writer takes Elizabeth Gilbert’s new writing guide, Big Magic, out for a spin

In her guide to creativity, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert’s positivity is infectious not just because she’s funny, irreverent, and frank about her foibles, but because steely discipline and determination have been the mainstays of her creative life. The 2017 Nashville Public Library Literary Award honoree, Gilbert will give a free public lecture at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on November 11 at 10 a.m.

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