Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Slurry Spill”

Book Excerpt: Spring Up Everlasting

William Woolfitt is the author of three poetry collections, including Beauty Strip and Charles of the Desert. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Blackbird, Image, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, and other journals. He’s an associate professor of English at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

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Pain, Truth, and Hope

The joy of young adult literature

In the nearly 10 years I have written for Chapter 16, I’ve reviewed more than 60 young adult and middle grade books, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The lifeblood of a good story is the same no matter the label, and in the hands of a skilled writer, the effect can be profound for readers of any age. 

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What We See Transforms Us

Essayists explore what can’t be unseen in Don’t Look Now

In Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn’t Seen, a collection of essays edited by Kristen Iversen and David Lazar, 18 writers explore images they wished they’d looked away from — but didn’t.

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An Eye-Opening Journey

Kristy Dallas Alley delivers a dystopian coming-of-age story in her debut novel

In The Ballad of Ami Miles, debut novelist Kristy Dallas Alley pens a coming-of-age story against a backdrop of a post-apocalyptic America where few women can still bear children.

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Positively Dolly

Dolly Parton, Songteller places the country icon’s songwriting at the center of her story

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics follows the country legend’s life and career from her earliest days growing up in Appalachia to her most recent creative ventures. Co-written by Parton and Nashville-based music journalist Robert K. Oermann, Songteller includes full lyrics to 175 of Parton’s songs, as well as unabashed anecdotes from the remarkable woman with the “Smoky Mountain DNA” who penned them. 

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White Fight

Dispatches from the Race War exhorts white Americans to join the struggle for a fairer society.  

Dispatches from the Race War, a new essay collection by antiracist educator Tim Wise, implores white Americans to reckon with the nation’s ongoing racial traumas and commit to the struggle for justice and equity. Wise will appear at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on December 10.

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