Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Maria Browning

Bearing Witness

David Dark on resisting “deferential fear”

In We Become What We Normalize, David Dark considers the societal cost of going along to get along. Dark will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 10, Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 12, and Novel in Memphis on November 19.

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How to Live and at What Cost

Poet Anders Carlson-Wee on his new collection, Disease of Kings

Anders Carlson-Wee’s second poetry collection, Disease of Kings, explores a story of friendship, loneliness, and survival. Carlson-Wee will appear at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Privilege, Pageantry, and PR

Carrie Tipton traces the complex origins of college fight songs

In From Dixie to Rocky Top, musicologist Carrie Tipton reveals the surprisingly complex history behind SEC football fight songs. Tipton will discuss the book with former sportscaster Rudy Kalis at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville on September 9.

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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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