Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Emily Choate

The Nature of the Harm

In Tara Conklin’s The House Girl, lives interconnect across time to unravel a mystery of art and legacy

September 6, 2013 Tara Conklin’s debut novel, The House Girl, revolves around the legacy of Josephine Bell, a long-dead artist who lived as a house slave on a Virginia tobacco farm. By interweaving Josephine’s story with the path of the researcher trying to uncover that buried history, the novel confronts the question of whether it’s ever truly possible to restore what’s been ruptured by time and injustice. Conklin will appear at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13, 2013. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Flooded Hearts

Cary Holladay writes bold stories about northern Virginia’s river valleys

August 28, 2013 The short stories in Cary Holladay’s The Deer in the Mirror may be set mostly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but there is nothing staid or dated about them. Holladay will discuss the collection at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on September 5, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Shared Faith

The Sewanee Writers’ Conference convenes for its twenty-fourth annual gathering of writers

July 19, 2013 The annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference will kick off its distinguished lineup of readings on July 23, 2013, with National Book Award winner and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Alice McDermott. During its twenty-four-year stretch of summer conferences, Sewanee has become woven into the fabric of Tennessee’s literary tradition, bringing highly regarded authors together with emerging writers for twelve days of readings, lectures, panel discussions, and intensive workshops.

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Siren Song

Fantasy author Alex Bledsoe delves into Appalachian myth and music

July 8, 2013 Wisp of a Thing is Alex Bledsoe’s second fantasy novel about the Tufa, a secretive people bent on protecting the ancient mysteries of their Smoky Mountain community. When an outsider comes in search of a powerful Tufa song, the myths and histories hidden in Cloud County awaken, putting every Tufa tradition to the test. Bledsoe will read from Wisp of a Thing at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on July 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 14 at 2 p.m.

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Fugitive Truth

Oxford American editor Roger D. Hodge discusses his vision for the magazine’s future, the role editors play in storytelling, and the depth of his own ties to the South

January 23, 2013 The Oxford American’s new editor-in-chief, Roger D. Hodge, talks with Chapter 16 about his view of editing as a “conversational” process. The point of the conversation, he says, is to serve the stories themselves: “When everything comes together in just the right way, so that the stories are winking and glancing across the issue at one another, something magical happens. You have a self-contained whole, a world within the world.”

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Recognition for Cornwell’s Latest

Forensic crime novelist Patricia Cornwell celebrates the release of her newest Kay Scarpetta thriller

January 11, 2013 Patricia Cornwell has made the media rounds in recent months, celebrating the publication of The Bone Bed, the twentieth entry in her series of bestselling crime thrillers featuring Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist. The Scarpetta novels, for which Cornwell has frequently done research at the Body Farm and National Forensic Academy at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, sparked the forensic science subgenre of thrillers that now crowds television schedules with shows like C.S.I. Investigation.

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