Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Ball is Your Heart

Kwame Alexander talks with Chapter 16 about basketball, family, and the rules of life

In this interview, which first appeared at Chapter 16 in 2015, Kwame Alexander reflects on basketball, music, political consciousness, and the challenges and rewards of writing a young-adult novel in verse. Alexander will make a surprise appearance at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 21 at 4 p.m. His new novel is Solo.

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“We’re Loud and We’re Boisterous”

The new Center for Southern Literary Arts brings Tayari Jones to Memphis

On February 27, the Center for Southern Literary Arts in Memphis will bring novelist Tayari Jones to the stage of the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts to talk about her new book, An American Marriage.

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Laying the Foundation

Mary Ellen Pethel’s Athens of the New South credits Nashville colleges for the city’s post-war prosperity

Mary Ellen Pethel’s Athens of the New South argues that Nashville’s growth as a center for commerce and culture is rooted in the institutions of higher education that were founded in the decades after the Civil War.

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The Gray Man Returns

Memphis native Mark Greaney sends his fictional super-assassin to Syria

Mark Greaney’s seventh Gray Man novel, Agent in Place, launches Court Gentry, professional assassin and occasional CIA agent, on an unlikely mission to Syria to retrieve the infant son of a brutal dictator. Greaney will appear on February 24 at Novel in Memphis.

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Unknown Signals

There’s a profound sense of mystery running through the stories in Allen Wier’s Late Night, Early Morning

The twenty-two stories in Allen Wier’s Late Night, Early Morning explore an uncertain territory where love, beauty, grief, and ugliness mingle, and meaning lies just out of reach. Wier will give a free public reading at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on February 19.

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The Luxury of Dreams

C. J. Redwine adds a new chapter to the gripping Ravenspire saga

In The Traitor Prince, Nashville YA writer C.J. Redwine draws inspiration from sources as disparate as The Hunger Games and The Prince and the Pauper to weave a fiercely original tale of treachery, betrayal, conspiracy, and murder. Redwine will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 16.

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