Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Burn Me Anew

A man confronts a legacy of abusive therapy in Nick White’s How to Survive a Summer

At the center of Nick White’s striking debut novel, How to Survive a Summer, is the burden of an unconfronted trauma at a long-defunct “gay conversion therapy” camp. White will discuss How to Survive a Summer at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Book of Truths

Leah Weiss offers a bittersweet portrayal of an Appalachian community circa 1970

At times Leah Weiss’s debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, reads like an Appalachian Rashomon, with multiple voices describing similar events in the tiny community of Baines Creek, North Carolina. Weiss will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 21 at 6 p.m., at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 23 at 2 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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A Stranger in Her Own House

Daren Wang’s The Hidden Light of Northern Fires continues a fine tradition in historical fiction

Daren Wang’s debut novel makes it clear that the sin of slavery was never only a Southern thing. Wang will discuss The Hidden Light of Northern Fires at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on September 20 at 5:30 p.m., and at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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The Uncertainty Principle

In Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark, two Americans journey to Israel to resolve personal crises

In Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss tells parallel stories of American Jews who lose their ways and travel to Israel to re-discover life’s purpose. Nicole Krauss will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Miraculous Subtlety

Ann Beattie talks with Chapter 16 about the literary wizardry of Peter Taylor

“Peter was a prankster,” says Ann Beattie, who knew Peter Taylor as a reader and as a friend. Editor of the Library of America’s new edition of Taylor’s complete stories and author of The Accomplished Guest, a new story collection of her own, Beattie will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Memphis Reads

Markus Zusak talks with Chapter 16 about his YA classic, The Book Thief

Australian author Markus Zusak, whose novel The Book Thief is the 2017 Memphis Reads selection, will speak at Christian Brothers University on September 11 at 7 p.m., and at Rhodes College on September 12 at 7 p.m. Both talks are free and open to the public.

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