Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Fernanda Moore

A Newly Shattered World

Hannah Pittard’s Visible Empire gives a fictional account of 1962 Atlanta, rich and poor

Hannah Pittard’s new novel describes a plane crash’s effect not just on the white, rich, cultured elite—the “visible empire” that makes up Atlanta’s ruling class in 1962-but also on the city’s disenfranchised. Pittard will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 13.

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Life is Not a Bard’s Song

Madeline Miller reframes and retells the story of Homer’s Circe

Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles, is back with Circe, another brilliant revamp of tales and characters drawn from Homeric poetry. Miller will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 11.

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No Child Left Behind

Jeff Kinney talks with Chapter 16 about his megahit series of children’s books that began with Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are an astonishing phenomenon. What started as a serial comic posted online has become a wildly popular series of books for children. In this repost from 2010, the Wimpy Kid’s creator, Jeff Kinney, answered questions from Chapter 16. Kinney will read from The Getaway, the newest installment of the series, at Oak Hill School in Nashville on November 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Below the Surface

Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach imagines a shadow world—on land and beneath the waves

Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan’s surprising new novel, unfolds in New York during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Egan will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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A Bit of a Renaissance

Mrs. Fletcher is Tom Perrotta’s timely—and timeless—tale of a mother and a son and an empty nest

Whether he’s dissecting student-teacher power games, riffing on overinvolved parenting, or taking inspiration from an actual doomsday cult, Tom Perrotta writes books that are slick, delightful explorations of classic suburban mores garnished with contemporary concerns. Perrotta will discuss his new novel, Mrs. Fletcher, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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Sympathetic Snark

With Touch, Courtney Maum sweetly skewers the wired rich

The plot of Touch unfolds in a near future that might actually arrive next week—the perfect backdrop for Courtney Maum’s protagonist, a trend forecaster whose livelihood depends on predicting exactly what consumers will want to buy next. Maum will discuss the novel at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on June 9 at 6 p.m.

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