Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Michael Ray Taylor

Memphis Noir

Ace Atkins creates an unforgettable detective and an intimate portrait of Memphis in Don’t Let the Devil Ride

Ace Atkins, known for his Quinn Colson novels, has crafted a classic detective tale in Don’t Let the Devil Ride, an international thriller solidly anchored in Memphis. Atkins will appear at Novel in Memphis on June 26 and in an online discussion with Chapter 16’s Michael Ray Taylor on July 16.

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Fletch Inhaled Twice

Reflecting on the influence of I.M. Fletcher and his creator, Gregory Mcdonald

Gregory Mcdonald’s 1974 novel Fletch created the modern comic mystery, influencing a generation of writers who followed. In addition to nine Fletch books, Mcdonald created such series characters as Flynn, Skylar, and Son of Fletch, writing many of those from his home near Pulaski, Tennessee.

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Good Sport

Historian Aram Goudsouzian edits a hilarious memoir by the late sportswriter Stan Isaacs

Stan Isaacs stood at the forefront of a group of offbeat sports journalists in the early 1960s, at the start of an influential career that spanned half a century. A decade after Isaacs’s death, Memphis historian Aram Goudsouzian has masterfully edited Out of Left Field: A Sportswriter’s Last Word, a collection that works as both memoir and a showcase of great sportswriting. Goudsouzian will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on April 29.

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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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