Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

All Things Foul Would Wear the Brows of Grace

David Cady explores the rise, fall, and reformation of a Pentecostal church in Religion of Fear

In Religion of Fear, David Cady tells the shocking tale of how easily well-meaning people can be seduced by evil dressed in “the brows of grace.” Cady will discuss the book at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on August 4.

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Family Curse or Just Bad Luck?

A young woman seeks to unravel her family’s dark secret

House of Salt and Sorrows follows a young heiress as she grapples with a mysterious family curse. Erin A. Craig will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on August 6 and Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 24. 

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Looking Forward to the Festival

Humanities Tennessee announces the lineup for its 31st annual Southern Festival of Books

Humanities Tennessee today released its lineup of award-winning, bestselling authors who will headline the 31st annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13. The roster includes Samantha Power, Ann Patchett, Ottessa Moshfegh, Pico Iyer, Paul Theroux, Saeed Jones, Casey Cep, Dani Shapiro, and Derrick Barnes, among many others.

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Far Out

A Chapter 16 writer remembers the first moon landing

I happened to be at an afternoon performance under the tent on July 20, 1969, when the conductor suddenly halted the orchestra in mid-flight, turned to the audience, and shouted in a joyful voice, “I’ve just been informed that the Americans have landed on the moon!” Then he turned to the orchestra and whipped it into the Star-Spangled Banner.

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“When the Dust Settles”

Bill Brown grew up in West Tennessee ten miles from the Mississippi River. He is the author of eight poetry collections and a writing textbook. Formerly the director of the writing program at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, he was named a Distinguished Teacher in the Arts in 1995 by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the 2011 Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. His latest book is The News Inside. “When the Dust Settles” is from his 2008 collection, Late Winter.

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Teaching and Unteaching—and Entertaining All the Way

For more than three decades, Patricia McKissack has been writing children’s books that bring to life the stories, and the truth, of her ancestors

As she was coming of age in Nashville in the 1950s, there were many places award-winning children’s author Patricia McKissack was not allowed to go. She remembers hotels and restaurants that forbade African Americans entry, and movie theaters with a separate doorway in the alley for black patrons. The farthest reaches of the Grand Ole Opry’s balcony, known as the buzzard’s roost, was the only seating open to African Americans, McKissack recalls. She never partook: “My grandfather said that watermelons would bloom in January if any of his children went down there. ‘We don’t sit in no buzzard’s roost,’ he said. ‘We’re human beings, not buzzards.'”

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