Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Maria Browning

Hidden Homelessness

Richard Schweid considers the plight of homeless families in Invisible Nation

schweid_invisible-nation-jacket-imageIn his ninth book, Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America, Richard Schweid surveys the plight of homeless children in five cities and considers possible solutions. Schweid will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Man of the Streets

In Robert Walker Corey Mesler imagines his way into the life of a homeless man

robert-walker-cover1In his novel Robert Walker, Corey Mesler gives readers a glimpse into the mind and heart of a homeless man wandering the streets of Memphis. Mesler will discuss Robert Walker at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on September 29 at 5:30 p.m.

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Deconstructing a Dog

Bronwen Dickey talks with Chapter 16 about Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

pitbullcover Whether you’re the adoring owner of a pittie or a person who thinks pit-bull bans make perfect sense, you are likely to find some of your assumptions overturned by Bronwen Dickey’s Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon. Dickey sifts through a great deal of history, science, and popular culture to uncover the truth about the dogs and the source of our extreme ideas about them. She will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Garden of Life

The poems in Linda Parsons’s This Shaky Earth whisper elusive truths of the heart

June 1, 2016 The poems in Linda Parsons’s This Shaky Earth take their material from the prosaic and the deeply personal, but there’s nothing narrow about them. Rich with all the mystery and complexity of human feeling, they often depict the pleasures of home darkened by troubled memories. Parsons will discuss This Shaky Earth at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 5, 2016, at 2 p.m.

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Dancing with Lost Souls

Sonja Livingston resurrects forgotten women and girls in Ladies Night at the Dreamland

April 21, 2016 Sonja Livingston’s second essay collection, Ladies Night at the Dreamland, is a kind of literary search-and-rescue effort. In twenty-one delicately crafted pieces, she brings forth a remarkable group of little-known women and girls from the past, imagining her way into their lives with lyrical intensity. Livingston will discuss the book at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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Through the Eyes of Dogs

Colin Dayan considers the human-canine bond in With Dogs at the Edge of Life

March 29, 2016 Written from a perspective shaped by a passionate, unorthodox sympathy for dogs, Vanderbilt University professor Colin Dayan’s With Dogs at the Edge of Life explores the troubling contradictions in the human-canine relationship.

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