Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Michael Ray Taylor

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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Dodging Cars and History

S.J. Dahlman traces Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road through modern Appalachia

In A Familiar Wilderness, S.J. Dahlman, a journalist and professor at Milligan College, hikes the route of Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road. Dahlman will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 30.

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Melding Voices

Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin talk with Chapter 16 about writing a novel of romance and suspense—and raising a family—together

In a starred review, Booklist called The Tilted World, a historical novel by poet Beth Ann Fennelly and novelist Tom Franklin, a “full-bodied shot of bluesy Americana.” Fennelly and Franklin will discuss The Tilted World at Chattanooga State Community College April 8-9. Fennelly will also discuss her most recent essay collection, Heating & Cooling, at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on April 10.

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Leader of the Pack

Wolf Pack solidifies C.J. Box’s status as one of the nation’s most skilled thriller writers

C.J. Box’s Wolf Pack weaves together several plot lines populated by new and familiar characters to create a masterful tapestry of suspense. Nineteen novels into the Joe Pickett series, Box has clearly hit his stride. He will appear at Novel in Memphis on March 18.

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A Good Nose

Jay McInerney’s Wine Reads gathers a fine cellar of literary pleasures

In Wine Reads: A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing, noted novelist and wine writer Jay McInerney, a former Nashville resident, collects twenty-seven of his favorite reflections on the grape—in both fiction and nonfiction.

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A Wee Dram of Brilliance

Clay Risen conquers all things Scotch in Single Malt

With Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland, New York Times whiskey critic and longtime Chapter 16 contributor Clay Risen has created an essential guide to Scotch for “almost everyone.”

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