Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Paul V. Griffith

Wild Ride

Rocker Graham Nash talks to Chapter 16 about his new autobiography, Wild Tales, his political activism, and his often tumultuous life as a member of both The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

March 17, 2013“> According to rocker Graham Nash, the harmony that gave the world songs like “Carry On,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” and “Teach Your Children”––songs that defined an era––emerged fully formed. In Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Nash documents his time with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and sometimes Young, and describes the rise of his earlier band, The Hollies. In an event cosponsored by Parnassus Books and the Nashville Public Library, Nash will appear on March 21, 2014, at the downtown library for a brief talk and book signing. The talk is free, but book purchase is required to enter the signing line.

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Beyond Shock and Awe

Radley Balko rethinks America’s militarized police forces

December 2, 2013 In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko argues that America’s police forces are growing increasingly dependent on military tools and training, even though most suspects are accused of non-violent crimes. “These policies,” he says, “have given us an increasingly paranoid, increasingly aggressive police force in America, and a public shielded from knowing the consequences of it all.”

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Tradition on Ice

Memphis writer Steve Stern answers questions about The Frozen Rabbi, his novel about tradition, hedonism, and “quick-fix enlightenment.”

October 2, 2013 Much of The Frozen Rabbi by award-winning author Steve Stern takes place in the Pinch, a long ignored Memphis neighborhood that was once the city’s Jewish ghetto. The Pinch’s rich and conflicted history provides the ideal locus for the book, which is a tale of shamanistic self-interest and tradition gone wrong. Steve Stern will appear at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on October 3, 2013, in Buttrick Hall, Room 101, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Wake Up!

In The Future, Al Gore warns readers of cliffs far more precarious than fiscal ones

January 28, 2013 In his new book, The Future, Al Gore condemns the corrupting influence of money and warns of the destructive power of “emergent phenomena” which have the power to destroy life as we know it. Gore will appear at Belmont University in Nashville on February 2 at 2 p.m., and at the Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on February 18 at 12 noon. Both events require book purchase for entrance. Click here for event details in Nashville and here for those in Memphis.

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The Android Author

David F. Dufty explains how roboticists brought to life an android version of science-fiction writer Phillip K. Dick

July11, 2012 Say the bag you left in your flight’s overhead bin doesn’t contain a relatively inexpensive cell phone but a one-of-a-kind robot head that replicates science-fiction writer Phillip K. Dick. It sounds like a page from one of Dick’s own novels, but it actually happened, says author David F. Dufty, whose How to Build an Android: The True Story of Phillip K. Dick’s Robotic Resurrection chronicles an attempt to bring the famously paranoid writer back to life as a robot.

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Tasty Reading

Chef-editor Paulette Licitra serves up Alimentum, the first literary review dedicated entirely to food

July 5, 2012 In a culture filled with so-called food porn, it’s perhaps surprising that Nashville’s Alimentum: The Literature of Food is the country’s first literary journal dedicated exclusively to themes of table, kitchen, market, and sustenance. In its pages—and in a revamped website, launching today—editor Paulette Licitra invites readers to consider food as a savory (or sweet) organizing principle, which writers can apply to themes as wide as human experience itself.

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