Chapter 16
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An Invaluable Traveling Companion

Candacy Taylor explores the history and legacy of Victor Hugo Green’s iconic travel guide

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In Overground Railroad, Candacy Taylor offers a cultural history of the iconic Green Book travel guide for Black Americans. 

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One Cure to Heal Them All

In Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s historical novel, a Tennessee root doctor looks for a way to treat suffering after the Civil War

From the Chapter 16 archive: In Balm, Dolen Perkins-Valdez investigates the possibilities of healing the personal and national trauma caused by the Civil War. 

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The Body as Storyteller

Chanelle Benz talks with Chapter 16 about her debut story collection, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead

From the Chapter 16 archive: “When I was a kid, I loved any kind of historical drama. I loved being transported to different worlds, historical or fantastical.” Fiction writer—and new Memphis transplant—Chanelle Benz talks with Chapter 16.

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Intertwining Personal and National Histories

Michael Knight’s third novel seeks to make the comic campus story into something deeper

Knoxville novelist Michael Knight discusses the intersection of the personal and political in his third novel, At Briarwood School for Girls, set at a prep school in 1990s Virginia.

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Between Black and White

Mark Greaney talks with Chapter 16 about his ninth Gray Man novel

In One Minute Out, thriller writer Mark Greaney confronts the real horror of modern-day sex slavery.

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Together We Can Be Custodians

Jeremy Scott talks with Chapter 16 about his second YA superhero novel, Strings

Nashvillian Jeremy Scott calls on his own experience with disability in writing The Ables, his young adult novel series. In the second installment, Strings, he pits his young protagonists against a hostile government and a sinister force.

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