Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Margaret Renkl

Not On Our Watch

How the National Endowment for the Humanities helped save literature in Tennessee

With the White House proposing to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chapter 16’s editor looks back at a time when NEH funds rescued writers in Tennessee.

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New York, By Way of Tennessee

The New York Times celebrates three Tennessee authors: Lydia Peelle, Michael Sims, and Kevin Wilson

For a writer, the Holy Grail of book reviews is a positive notice in The New York Times, the newspaper of record for American literature. In the past month, three Tennessee authors—novelists Lydia Peelle and Kevin Wilson, and nonfiction writer Michael Sims—have found their way into those august pages. 

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Awards All Around

Last weekend, literary Nashville was in the national spotlight

Last weekend Jeff Zentner and Congressman John Lewis picked up prestigious prizes from the American Library Association, and the team that produces Nashville Public Television’s A Word on Words won an Emmy. 

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A Bookstore Phoenix?

The Booksellers at Laurelwood is closing, but hopes are high that another store will rise from its ashes

After thirty-two years in business, The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis has announced that it is closing. But readers in Memphis have good reason to hope the disaster can still be reversed.

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Making Our Country a Little More Human

Civil-rights hero—and National Book Award-winner—John Lewis talks with Chapter 16

selma_march_webOn November 16, John Lewis—along with his collaborators, co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell—won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature with March: Book Three. But even before he accepted that honor, Lewis had already been named the 2016 recipient of the Nashville Public Library Literary Award, a prize that last week brought him back to Nashville, where he first began his long career as a civil-rights activist. Today Lewis talks with Chapter 16 about his books—and his unparalleled life in public service.

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