Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Stephen Usery

The Third-Best Cook on the Roy Webb Road

Rick Bragg talks with Chapter 16 about his own family’s foodways

In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg brings together the two greatest aspects of Southern identity: storytelling and food. Bragg will appear at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on May 21.

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Papers, Please

Daniel Connolly looks at challenges facing the children of immigrants

Reporter Daniel Connolly spent the 2012-2013 school year at Kingsbury High School in Memphis, where Latino teenagers make up nearly fifty percent of the student population. The Book of Isaias is his account of that year. 

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The Body as Storyteller

Chanelle Benz talks with Chapter 16 about her debut story collection, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead

“When I was a kid, I loved any kind of historical drama. I loved being transported to different worlds, historical or fantastical.” Fiction writer—and new Memphis transplant—Chanelle Benz talks with Chapter 16.

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Welcome, Novel!

Tennessee’s newest independent bookstore opens its doors in Memphis

Novel, the long-awaited bookstore planned for the space formerly occupied by The Booksellers at Laurelwood, opens tomorrow at 387 Perkins Extension in Memphis. Chapter 16‘s Stephen Usery took these preview photos.

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Family Secrets Laid Bare

Ann Patchett talks with Chapter 16 about her bestselling novel Commonwealth

Ann Patchett talks about the paperback edition of her number-one New York Times-bestselling novel Commonwealth, her desire to study acting, how being a bookseller affects her reading list, the nonfiction book she’s writing about women’s suffrage, and the importance of voting in our current age.

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