Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“A Warm Day in Winter”

Book Excerpt: The Foundling Wheel

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel and A Question of Gravity and Light. His poems have been featured by Poets & Writers, The Poetry Foundation, and Poetry Society of America. 

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Rage Against the Sexy Gym

In the last decade, something changed

In 2009, if someone stopped in front of the mirror to take a selfie, I’m fairly certain they would have been laughed out of the place. When did gyms get so sexy?

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Come Fly with Me

Flight Risk is about as fun as a murder mystery can be

A good whodunit doesn’t take itself too seriously, and Cherie Priest’s Flight Risk hits a sweet spot between Murder, She Wrote and Gone Girl.

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Traditions Are Elastic

Making Our Future offers visionary folklore of Appalachia

In her book Making Our Future: Visionary Folklore and Everyday Culture in Appalachia, Emily Hilliard presents what she calls “visionary folklore,” sidestepping nostalgia in favor of a cooperative approach that catalogs traditions while seeking to identify and participate in new cultural practices. Hilliard will appear at Vinyl Tap in Nashville on January 21 and Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on January 22.

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Back to West Texas

Jeannette Brown’s The Illusion of Leaving follows its protagonist home to face her past

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In Jeannette Brown’s The Illusion of Leaving, Jamie Wright leaves Silver Falls, Texas, gladly kicking the dust from her boots. But when her father’s impending death calls her back, Jamie must face her difficult past to imagine a different future. Jeannette Brown will take part in an author discussion, “Be the Final Writer,” at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on January 17.

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Poetry in Motion

A young girl connects with poetry during difficult times

Caroline Brooks DuBois’ second middle-grade novel tackles the healing power of poetry amid loss and destruction. DuBois will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 21.

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