Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Sean Kinch

Embrace the Badness

In The Hearts of Men, Nickolas Butler stages the trials of Boy Scout camp

The title of Nickolas Butler’s new novel, The Hearts of Men, points directly to its thematic core: set at a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin, the book tells the intertwined stories of two camp families over three generations. Butler will discuss The Hearts of Men at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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Her Majesty’s Ottoman Enterprises

Historian Jerry Brotton talks with Chapter 16 about England’s groundbreaking relations with Islamic empires

In The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam, Jerry Brotton examines the way Elizabethan England managed to circumvent Catholic Europe to open trade relations with Islamic empires. Brotton will appear at Rhodes College in Memphis to discuss “Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare’s World” with James Shapiro in Hardie Auditorium on February 22 at 6 p.m. The event, part of the Communities in Conversation series, is free and open to the public.

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Coming Full Circle

Andrew Maraniss talks with Chapter 16 about the new edition of Strong Inside for young readers

Andrew Maraniss spent eight years researching and writing Strong Inside, the story of Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace, who broke the color barrier in SEC athletics. Now Maraniss has produced a version of the story for readers in middle and high school. He will launch the new edition at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Skinless Horse

Michael Chabon’s Moonglow is the death-bed memoir of a fictional Jewish scientist

moonglowIn Michael Chabon’s new novel, Moonglow, a dying man summons his grandson and reveals his life story, including picaresque adventure, tragic romance, and stellar ambition—and the lingering psycho-social damage inflicted by the Holocaust. Chabon will discuss Moonglow at the Nashville Public Library on December 4 at 3 p.m.

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The Ties of Blood

In Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River, Vietnam haunts soldiers and their families decades after the war

perfume-river-by-robert-olen-butlerIn Robert Olen Butler’s new novel, Perfume River, the past is very much present as an aging history professor struggles to shake traumatic memories of the Vietnam War and the way it tore his family apart. Butler will discuss Perfume River at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on October 13 at 6 p.m., and also at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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We Back Pat

In The Final Season, Maria Cornelius recounts the farewell tour of legendary coach Pat Summitt

maria-cornelius-the-final-seasonAfter being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Pat Summitt coached the Lady Vols for one more year. She didn’t want “a pity party,” but she couldn’t stop the outpouring of adulation she received from her countless fans. In The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt , Maria Cornelius recounts the emotional conclusion to the most influential career in the history of women’s basketball. Cornelius will discuss The Final Season at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 30 at 5:30 p.m.

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