Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Great Success

Acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart talks with Chapter 16 about his memoir, Little Failure

In Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart turns his sharp satirical skills on his own history as a Russian Jewish immigrant coming of age in 1980s New York, and on the long and painful history of his family. Shteyngart will discuss Little Failure at the First Amendment Center on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville on March 2. 

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The Heart of Hoodoo

Tony Kail examines traditional beliefs and practices still alive in Memphis

A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurors & Spirituals, is Tony Kail’s comprehensive examination of the traditional folk practices of hoodoo, specifically in Memphis and more generally in West Tennessee and the South. On February 25, Kail will launch the book at A. Schwab on Beale Street. Several additional Memphis events will follow.

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For Lives That Matter

Ibram X. Kendi discusses Stamped From the Beginning, winner of the National Book Award

In Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram Kendi offers a panoramic, penetrating vision of a disturbing theme in the nation’s past. Kendi will discuss the book at 6 p.m. on February 23 in the University Center at the University of Memphis. The event is free and open to the public.

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Breathing New Life into an Old Story

Shakespearean James Shapiro talks with Chapter 16 about The Year of Lear

Along with Jerry Brotton, Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro will discuss “Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare’s World” in Hardie Auditorium on the Rhodes College campus in Memphis on February 22 at 6 p.m. The event, part of the Communities in Conversation series, is free and open to the public.

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Wandering, Escaping, Arriving

Sybil Baker considers many kinds of travel in Immigration Essays

Travel can be a luxury, a diversion, an obsession, a necessity, or a means of survival. In Sybil Baker’s Immigration Essays, it’s all those things, as well as a kind of meditation on how to be in the world. Baker will discuss Immigration Essays at Starline Books in Chattanooga on February 15 at 7 p.m.

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American Letters

Daniel L. Mallock finds timely lessons in the friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

In Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution, Nashville writer Daniel L. Mallock details the breakup and later renewal of the friendship between two beloved founders. Mallock will sign Agony and Eloquence at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cool Springs on February 11 at 1 p.m. and at Books-A-Million in Nashville on March 26 at 3 p.m.

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