Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Peeking Under Someone Else’s Roof

Beth Ann Fennelly brings poetry to her new memoir in essays

Beth Ann Fennelly, the multi-talented author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, has created, yet again, a book that is wholly original, engrossing, and poignant. Heating & Cooling is a series of fifty-two micro-essays that chronicle her life as a writer, mother, and wife. Fennelly will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 27.

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United We Stand

In The Divided City, Alan Mallach considers how the revival of American cities can create opportunity for all

On October 22, Alan Mallach will discuss The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America, an examination of the changing face of America’s cities, at Novel in Memphis.

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Founding Sailors

Nathaniel Philbrick explains how George Washington—and the French navy—won the American Revolution

With In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown, Nathaniel Philbrick delivers a gripping account of the campaigns of 1781, which broke the British hold on North America. Philbrick will appear at the Nashville Public Library on October 22 as part of the Salon@615 series.

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True Love’s Weight

Linda Kay Klein looks at the fallout from evangelical Christianity’s purity movement

Linda Kay Klein’s Pure encompasses twelve years of fieldwork and research about the effects of purity culture in evangelical Christian churches. Klein will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 19 at 7 p.m.

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Black Women Who Changed the World

Keisha Blain talks with Chapter 16 about a lost slice of American history

The historical figures at the center of Set the World on Fire by Keisha Blain are outside the halls of power: they are black, they are women, they are poor or working-class, and they advocate ideas that fall outside the political mainstream. Blain will deliver the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History at the University of Memphis on October 18 at the River Room in the University Center.

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Going to Meetin’

There’s nothing like the connections that bring writers and readers together at the Southern Festival of Books

Here it is, finally, the day when writers and readers throng into Nashville on an October weekend seeking fellowship and elevation of the spirit and news and gossip. But especially old friends and new books.

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