Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Meeting in the Middle

Julia Watts’s new novel for teens finds room for friendship in the so-called culture wars

Quiver, Julia Watts’s new novel for teens, is a story of acceptance against all odds. 

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“Teacher”

Elizabeth Cox’s poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Atlantic, and others. Her fiction has won the O’Henry Prize, the Robert Penn Warren Award, and the Lillian Smith Award. Cox grew up in Chattanooga and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. 

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Singing the Storms Away

In Lorraine, Ketch Secor and Higgins Bond spin a tale about the power of music

Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor and illustrator Higgins Bond discuss their new picture book, Lorraine.

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Exiles, Ex-slaves, and Extraordinary Times

Wayétu Moore talks with Chapter 16 about her debut novel, She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore stopped by Memphis last month to see some of her relatives. Born in Liberia, Moore spent part of her childhood in the Bluff City before her family moved to Texas. Today she talks with Chapter 16 about her work as a novelist.

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“Message from Egururu”

Book Excerpt: Migration

Cynthia Robinson Young’s work has appeared in Sojourners, Poetry South, The Ekphrastic Review, and Catalpa: a magazine of Southern perspectives, among other journals and anthologies. She is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Mississippi Muddling

Ace Atkins mixes populist politics, crime podcasts, and a rapping Choctaw hit man in The Shameless

Ace Atkins’ The Shameless keeps the Quinn Colson series fresh with New York podcasters, a populist politician, and a pair of Native American hit men. Atkins will appear at Novel in Memphis on July 10 and at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on July 17.

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