Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Speaking Ida’s Truth for a New Generation

Michelle Duster writes a children’s book about her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth, written by Wells’ great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, captures the life and work of the groundbreaking journalist and civil rights advocate.

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Ball of Fire

Book Excerpt: Walk Through Fire

Yasmine S. Ali’s Walk Through Fire: The Train Disaster that Changed America recounts the 1978 derailment and explosion in Waverly, Tennessee, that killed 16 people and led to the creation of FEMA. Dr. Ali will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 27, the Humphreys County Public Library in Waverly on March 3, and the Tennessee State Museum on April 8.

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Brownsville

I wasn’t worried about getting there on time, but I was worried about the drug test

I was eager to run away from a bad divorce and the death of my father and was desperate for a job that would take me away from Nashville.

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Pursuing the Stranger Course

Novelist Charles Dodd White discusses a pivotal year in his life as a writer

During the past year, Knoxville writer Charles Dodd White has seen three books published — a feat that would be a high point for any writer’s career. In a recent email exchange with Chapter 16, he discusses how this body of work came to be and contemplates the future of his writing life.

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A Piercing Wail

Reckoning asks us all to come to terms with women’s experience

Reckoning by V (formerly Eve Ensler) asks readers to understand what violence does to women and anyone who is marginalized. She’ll appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 6.

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Europe’s Bloody Borderlands

Timothy Snyder talks with Chapter 16 about the peoples and territories trapped between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia during the 1930s and 1940s

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In the bestselling Bloodlands, which has been critically acclaimed and widely translated, Timothy Snyder argues that the systematic killings in the Nazi death camps were part of the same arc of violence as the mass starving inflicted on Ukraine by the Soviets in the 1930s and the extra-legal killings perpetrated by Germans and Russians alike during their occupation of Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic States. 

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