Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Thriller City

Holly Tucker talks with Chapter 16 about her new nonfiction book about historical intrigue in Paris

Holly Tucker’s City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris tells a fascinating true tale of murder, torture, and intrigue in seventeenth-century Paris—and explains how the City of Light got a nickname that has persisted for centuries. Tucker will discuss the book at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on June 8 on 4 p.m.

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A Satisfying Journey

Richard Tillinghast seeks communion with diverse places in Journeys into the Mind of the World

In a new collection of essays, Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places, poet and inveterate traveler Richard Tillinghast revisits some of the locales that have spoken most profoundly to him, recalling his own experiences and exploring the history and culture that make each one unique.

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Where Music and Sports Converge

Chuck Klosterman flexes his singular voice in a new nonfiction collection

Chuck Klosterman X collects some of the journalist’s writing about sports, music, and topics as disparate as zombies and steroids in a book the subtitle describes as “A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century.” Klosterman will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. on May 23.

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Ghosts of Nashville

John Prine talks about songwriting, Nashville, Paradise, and his new book, Beyond Words

John Prine’s first official songbook, Beyond Words, collects sixty of his influential songs. It also offers a treasure trove of family photographs, song manuscripts, and short commentaries that highlight the singer’s incisive wit.

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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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