Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Portal of the Years

Rodney Jones’s novel in verse, Village Prodigies, roves the lives of six childhood friends

Rodney Jones’s powerful novel in verse picks through the memories of six young men from a small Southern town. Jones will discuss Village Prodigies at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Religion and Dogs and Woods

Clyde Edgerton talks with Chapter 16 about the Southern literary landscape

Two of Clyde Edgerton’s beloved early novels, Raney and The Floatplane Notebooks, have been reissued by the University of South Carolina Press in its Southern Revivals series. Edgerton will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Sing for Our Time, Too

In The Last Ballad, Wiley Cash explores the bloody history of Depression-era textile mills

In The Last Ballad, Wiley Cash delivers a searing account of the conflict between labor and ownership in the textile mills of early twentieth-century Appalachia. Cash will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15, and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on October 12 at 6 p.m.

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Below the Surface

Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach imagines a shadow world—on land and beneath the waves

Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan’s surprising new novel, unfolds in New York during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Egan will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Hope is a Jagged Thing

Welcome Home, a collection of short stories by celebrated YA authors, focuses on adoption

The stories in Welcome Home: An Anthology on Love and Adoption depict a wide range of themes, but most revolve around a common axis: being torn between two decisions, two families, two versions of oneself. Editor Eric Smith and Tennessee contributors Dave Connis, Helen Dunbar, C.J. Redwine, Courtney C. Stevens, and Jeff Zentner will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 7 at 2 p.m.

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To Dream the Improbable Dream

With Frankenstein Dreams, editor Michael Sims presents twenty vintage works of science fiction

In his new anthology, Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction, Michael Sims explores early science fiction, a genre born during the rapid scientific and technological advances of the nineteenth century. Sims will discuss the book at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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