Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Margaret Renkl


Coming in 2018 from Vanderbilt University Press: People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley

When Jim Ridley died last year at age fifty, he left a legacy of brilliant writing about movies, literature, music, art, and the vibrant life of a growing city. Celebrating that achievement, Vanderbilt University Press has just announced that it will publish an anthology of the late Nashville Scene editor’s most memorable film reviews. Today Chapter 16 talks with Steve Haruch, editor of People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley.

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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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