Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Michael Ray Taylor

Good Troubler

Raymond Arsenault offers the first comprehensive biography of civil rights icon John Lewis

John Lewis: In Search of the Beloved Community, by historian Raymond Arsenault, captures the storied life of Rep. John Lewis from his childhood in Alabama through the Nashville sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, Bloody Sunday, and his long political career.

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A Finely Drawn Tragedy

Anna Olswanger’s A Visit to Moscow depicts a modern exodus

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In 1965, an American rabbi investigating persecution of Jews in the former Soviet Union escaped KGB handlers to make a remarkable discovery, as told in A Visit to Moscow, a graphic history by Memphis native Anna Olswanger.

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A Different Dark

Jim Minick captures the human drama of a deadly F5 tornado in Without Warning

Jim Minick’s Without Warning: The Tornado of Udall, Kansas offers a gripping nonfiction narrative of the deadliest tornado in Kansas history. Minick will speak at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City on November 15.

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Changing Times

In The Forsaken and the Dead, Sidney Thompson portrays the final years of famed lawman Bass Reeves

Sidney Thompson talks with Chapter 16 about his trilogy of novels based on the life of Bass Reeves, a celebrated Black U.S. Marshal. Thompson will appear at Novel in Memphis on November 16.

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An Enlightened Message

In Nature’s Messenger, Patrick Dean follows an 18th-century naturalist of the American South

Nature’s Messenger: Mark Catesby and His Adventures in a New World, the second book from Sewanee-based writer Patrick Dean, relates the history of a little-known man and his greatest achievement. 

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No Laughing Matter?

Harrison Scott Key’s How to Stay Married is a tragicomic memoir of marital crisis

Harrison Scott Key’s new memoir, How to Stay Married, relates his wife’s infidelity, his own loss of faith, and the implosion of his marriage followed by its unlikely resurrection. It’s a hoot. Really.

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