Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Maria Browning

Gratitude and Loss

Angela Tucker wants us to understand the complexities of adoption

Angela Tucker is committed to opening a conversation about the complex, sometimes contradictory emotions around adoption, especially for transracial adoptees. Tucker will discuss her book You Should Be Grateful with Steve Haruch at The Porch in Nashville on June 10.

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A World Beyond

Alan Lightman considers the origins of spirituality in The Transcendent Brain

In his latest book, The Transcendent Brain, physicist and novelist Alan Lightman explores the biological and evolutionary sources of our most profound mystical experiences.

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A Lifelong Task

Poet Alicia Ostriker talks to Chapter 16 about wrestling with literary and cultural tradition

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: An author of both groundbreaking criticism and acclaimed poetry, Alicia Ostriker has devoted much of her work to a feminist transformation of literary and cultural tradition. Whether arguing for recognition of women’s poetry as a genre in its own right or recasting the stories of the Bible from a feminist perspective, Ostriker is a radical with a deep respect for her roots. 

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Overcoming the Divide

David Dark is still questioning everything

Nashville writer David Dark has revisited his 2016 book, Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious, creating a “reframed and expanded” new edition. He’ll appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on January 7.

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Bringing People into the Room

Francesca T. Royster’s Black Country Music challenges boundaries

Francesca T. Royster’s Black Country Music weaves history, criticism, and memoir into an elegant narrative that challenges assumptions about what country music can be. Royster will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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The Story Beneath the Sprawl

Mastodons to Mississippians explores ancient Nashville

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In Mastodons to Mississipians: Adventures in Nashville’s Deep Past, Aaron Deter-Wolf and Tanya M. Peres offer a brief, fascinating survey of the Nashville region’s rich archaeological record and a primer on the human communities that thrived there thousands of years before Timothy Demonbreun arrived. The book is also a plea for preservation of sites under threat from the city’s raging development boom, as well as a sobering acknowledgment of what has already been lost. Aaron Deter-Wolf and Tanya M. Peres will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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