Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Say My Name

C.J. Redwine puts a fresh twist on the timeless story of Rumpelstiltskin

The Wish Granter is the second book in C.J. Redwine’s New York Times-bestselling Ravenspire series. In this installment, the Nashville novelist reimagines Rumpelstiltskin as a ruthless, power-hungry fairy eager to give people their hearts’ desires—though always with a devastating catch. Redwine will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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Wandering, Escaping, Arriving

Sybil Baker considers many kinds of travel in Immigration Essays

Travel can be a luxury, a diversion, an obsession, a necessity, or a means of survival. In Sybil Baker’s Immigration Essays, it’s all those things, as well as a kind of meditation on how to be in the world. Baker will discuss Immigration Essays at Starline Books in Chattanooga on February 15 at 7 p.m.

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New York, By Way of Tennessee

The New York Times celebrates three Tennessee authors: Lydia Peelle, Michael Sims, and Kevin Wilson

For a writer, the Holy Grail of book reviews is a positive notice in The New York Times, the newspaper of record for American literature. In the past month, three Tennessee authors—novelists Lydia Peelle and Kevin Wilson, and nonfiction writer Michael Sims—have found their way into those august pages. 

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American Letters

Daniel L. Mallock finds timely lessons in the friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

In Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution, Nashville writer Daniel L. Mallock details the breakup and later renewal of the friendship between two beloved founders. Mallock will sign Agony and Eloquence at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cool Springs on February 11 at 1 p.m. and at Books-A-Million in Nashville on March 26 at 3 p.m.

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Memory, Outrage, and Courage

Timothy B. Tyson updates the story of Emmett Till’s murder

In The Blood of Emmett Till, Timothy B. Tyson retells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy’s brutal murder in Mississippi, how it inspired a movement, and why his life and death still resonate today.

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Coming Full Circle

Andrew Maraniss talks with Chapter 16 about the new edition of Strong Inside for young readers

Andrew Maraniss spent eight years researching and writing Strong Inside, the story of Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace, who broke the color barrier in SEC athletics. Now Maraniss has produced a version of the story for readers in middle and high school. He will launch the new edition at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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