Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Michael Ray Taylor

Big Man on Campus

James Dickey in the classroom

In those days I wanted to become a novelist, but Mr. Dickey, author of a bestselling novel and wildly successful screenplay, taught only poetry, which he called in one of his book titles “the central motion.” So poetry it was.

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Building Momentum

Michael Connelly discusses his popular detective series, his journalism background, and the future of the book

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: A former crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly discusses with Chapter 16 the slow death of local newspapers; his latest Harry Bosch installment, Nine Dragons; electronic books; and his popular legal-series protagonist, Mickey Haller. 

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A Southern Ramble

Reporter Dan Chapman retraces John Muir’s 1867 trek through the South

John Muir’s A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf chronicles the famed conservationist’s trek through the South in 1867. In A Road Running Southward, Dan Chapman, a Georgia-based environmental reporter, follows Muir’s path on foot and by Subaru, observing nature at risk from mountain forests to coastal estuaries. 

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The Man as a Writer

Gordon Van Ness discusses the complex legacy of poet James Dickey

In James Dickey: A Literary Life, Gordon Van Ness, a long-time scholar of the Vanderbilt-educated poet and novelist, has written a comprehensive biography of a complex man and his place in American letters.

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Call of the Wild

David George Haskell explores all things acoustic within the natural world

David George Haskell’s fourth book, Sounds Wild and Broken, explores the evolutionary physics of sound. As species die off from vanishing wilderness, pollution, and climate change, Haskell cautions, our world grows ever more silent. Haskell will discuss Sounds Wild and Broken at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 1.

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Parting Shot

Ace Atkins pens his tenth installment in an iconic detective series

Spenser, a hard-punching, Shakespeare-quoting private eye created over 50 years ago by Robert B. Parker, is hired to safeguard a congresswoman chased by homegrown terrorists in Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby, the tenth installment in the iconic series from the pen of Ace Atkins.

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