Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Abby N. Lewis

Fryin’ Up an Identity

Mary Liza Hartong’s debut queer romance novel captures West Tennessee living

In her debut romance novel, Love and Hot Chicken, Mary Liza Hartong presents Southern love and queer romance at its finest. Hartong will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 20.

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Deception, War, … Murder?

Gerry Wilson’s debut novel explores the insidious nature of generational lies

Gerry Wilson delivers a vibrant debut novel, That Pinson Girl, on the impact of generational trauma, lies, and secrecy. Wilson will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on February 20.

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Fools in Love

Lovesick Blossoms highlights queer romance in the South

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Julia Watts’ latest novel, Lovesick Blossoms, nestles the reader in the 1953 university culture of Kentucky and the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals trying to juggle public and private personas. Watts will appear at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Chasing Tales

Ray Trotter’s short story collection of Southern gems shines

Ray Trotter assembles a stylized, bite-sized, pure personality of a debut short story collection, And Dogs to Chase Them, exploring the quirks and nuances of rural Southern living.

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On Matters of Life and Death

Neurosurgeon Jay Wellons reflects on a life devoted to healing

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In All That Moves Us, pediatric neurosurgeon Jay Wellons recounts some of the most memorable moments of his career as a children’s doctor. Wellons will discuss the book at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Modern Roommate Wanted

Jenna Levine enters the supernatural romance scene with a centuries-old vampiric heartthrob

My Roommate Is a Vampire, Jenna Levine’s debut romance novel, offers an endearing, unlikely matchup of a centuries-old vampire and a quirky artist in her mid-30s. Levine will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 29 and The Book & Cover in Chattanooga on September 8.

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