Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Life They Were Supposed to Live

A young enslaved woman in New Orleans finds a way to fight back

In his novel The American Daughters, Maurice Carlos Ruffin tells the story of Adebimpe, known as Ady, a young, enslaved woman living in New Orleans just before the Civil War, and the underground network of powerful women to whom she is introduced. Ruffin will appear at Novel in Memphis on March 1 and The Bookshop in Nashville on April 18.

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Power in the Story

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs explores a place that’s both hell and home

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Sidik Fofana’s Stories from the Tenants Downstairs, a debut collection of linked stories, emerges from a high-rise in Harlem, brilliantly capturing the scrapes, scents, and spirit of this gentrifying neighborhood. Sidik Fofana will appear at Vanderbilt University on February 22.

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Chaos Ensues

Greaney’s Gray Man tackles a new foe: artificial intelligence

The Gray Man, Mark Greaney’s former CIA operative turned freelance action hero, is back in another high-voltage thriller, The Chaos Agent.  Greaney will appear at Novel in Memphis on February 24.

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Fryin’ Up an Identity

Mary Liza Hartong’s debut queer romance novel captures West Tennessee living

In her debut romance novel, Love and Hot Chicken, Mary Liza Hartong presents Southern love and queer romance at its finest. Hartong will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 20.

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Good Troubler

Raymond Arsenault offers the first comprehensive biography of civil rights icon John Lewis

John Lewis: In Search of the Beloved Community, by historian Raymond Arsenault, captures the storied life of Rep. John Lewis from his childhood in Alabama through the Nashville sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, Bloody Sunday, and his long political career.

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Recipes for Survival

Chantha Nguon’s Slow Noodles turns dark history into hope

Chantha Nguon’s Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes is a story of survival that explores what’s necessary for a person — and a country — to endure unimaginable adversity. Chantha Nguon and Kim Green will appear in Nashville at Julia Martin Gallery on February 20 and The Bookshop on February 21.

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