Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Who Runs the World?

Debbie Dadey, Stephanie Faris, and Gail Nall hit the road for their Girls Read tour

Debbie Dadey, author of Mermaid Tales: Flower Girl Dreams, Stephanie Faris, author of Piper Morgan Makes a Splash, and Gail Nall, author of Out of Tune, will read from their middle-grade novels at Books-a-Million in Knoxville on May 19, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on May 20, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 20, and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on May 21.

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“Once His Country’s Idol, Now Her Horror”

Nathaniel Philbrick examines the life and treason of Benedict Arnold

Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution is a grand adventure into the darkness of the human heart, the story of a man whose name is synonymous with “traitor.” Philbrick will discuss and sign Valiant Ambition at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on May 16 at 7 p.m.

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Funny Business

Peter Cooper writes of secrets, legends, and laughs in Johnny’s Cash & Charley’s Pride

Peter Cooper—Nashville music critic, singer, and senior director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—relates some of his greatest musical adventures in Johnny’s Cash & Charley’s Pride. Cooper will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. and at The Station Inn in Nashville on May 26 at 8 p.m.

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A Werewolf Wearing What? Where?

Jessica Young takes another punny romp with two doggie best friends

Jessica Young’s latest early-reader graphic novel, Haggis and Tank Unleashed: Howl at the Moon, is a clever exploration of language and a celebration of imagination. Young will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 13 at 2 p.m.

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A Tragic Crossing

Michel Stone’s Border Child tracks the grim plight of fictional Mexican parents facing an unbearable loss

In her new novel, Border Child, Michel Stone tells the story of a young Mexican couple who gamble on a border crossing and lose their baby to a kidnapper in the process. Stone will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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Coming in 2018 from Vanderbilt University Press: People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley

When Jim Ridley died last year at age fifty, he left a legacy of brilliant writing about movies, literature, music, art, and the vibrant life of a growing city. Celebrating that achievement, Vanderbilt University Press has just announced that it will publish an anthology of the late Nashville Scene editor’s most memorable film reviews. Today Chapter 16 talks with Steve Haruch, editor of People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley.

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