Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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Prep School Noir

In Christopher Swann’s Shadow of the Lions, a novelist confronts an old mystery

In Christopher Swann’s debut novel, Shadow of the Lions, Matthias Glass returns to teach at his former boarding school—and to investigate the unsolved disappearance of his best friend a decade earlier. Swann will discuss Shadow of the Lions at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 3 at 6:30 p.m., and at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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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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