Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Ah, California

Spenser heads to Los Angeles in Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes, Ace Atkins’ eighth novel in the iconic series

When Spenser goes west in search of a missing young actress in Ace Atkins’ Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes, the Boston PI roams the dark streets of Raymond Chandler and noir gumshoes, finding clues amid echoes of his own past.

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Finding Poetry in Nature

Poets Rose McLarney and Laura-Gray Street, with naturalist L.L. Gaddy, celebrate the Southern biosphere

A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia presents the natural variety of the mountain South through poetry and imagery created by 67 of the region’s artists.

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The Nation’s Oldest Student

Rita Lorraine Hubbard shares the remarkable life of Mary Walker, who learned to read at age 116

Author Rita Lorraine Hubbard reminds young readers that they’re “never too old to learn” by telling the extraordinary life story of Chattanooga’s beloved Mary Walker in The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read, illustrated by Oge Mora.

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The Best Literary Citizen

J.T. Ellison shares some thoughts on social media, literary community, and her latest novel, Good Girls Lie

J.T. Ellison’s fourth stand-alone thriller, Good Girls Lie, unfurls within the gates of Goode Academy, an elite girls’ boarding school in rural Virginia. Ellison talked with Chapter 16 about the setting of her new book, her belief in supporting other writers, and the challenge of staying focused in an age of distraction.  She’ll appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 7.

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Some Words to the Close and Holy Darkness

A writer explores her enduring ties to a seasonal classic by Dylan Thomas

Every year, when the stresses of the holiday season begin whipping up into frenzy, I weather them by imagining that I’m roaming around the world described in the Dylan Thomas story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”: the magic of winter, the mysteries surrounding older family members, and the odd flexes of time when normal schedules are suspended.

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Piano Lessons

When is a piano not a piano?

For years, I imagined how much fuller my life would be if I could strike up a tune at a party, if I had the secret knowledge of music that every one of my friends seemed to have acquired. I felt that something was missing, something that made me a bit inferior to everyone I knew.

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