Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Exiles, Ex-slaves, and Extraordinary Times

Wayétu Moore talks with Chapter 16 about her debut novel, She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore stopped by Memphis last month to see some of her relatives. Born in Liberia, Moore spent part of her childhood in the Bluff City before her family moved to Texas. Today she talks with Chapter 16 about her work as a novelist.

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“Message from Egururu”

Book Excerpt: Migration

Cynthia Robinson Young’s work has appeared in Sojourners, Poetry South, The Ekphrastic Review, and Catalpa: a magazine of Southern perspectives, among other journals and anthologies. She is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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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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Lies of Omission

Secrets affect three generations of a family in Bethlehem

A wife finds that her husband’s family mansion contains old secrets and new temptations in Karen Kelly’s Bethlehem.

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The World’s One Breathing

Poet Jesse Graves interviews literary Renaissance man David Madden

Knoxville native and literary polymath David Madden talks about his early influences, the writers he finds essential, and the importance of technique in creative writing.

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Polished Jewels

Margaret Renkl weaves personal and natural history in Late Migrations

Margaret Renkl surveys the natural world and her personal history in Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. The author will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 9 and at eight other events around the state in the weeks to come.  

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