Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Making Magic

Cressida Cowell brings readers the second installment in The Wizards of Once series

Cressida Cowell will visit the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14, to discuss Twice Magic, the second book in The Wizards of Once series for children.

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In North Korea with the “Chosin Few”

Hampton Sides’s fast-action nonfiction book resurrects heroes of the Korean War

Memphis native Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail and In the Kingdom of Ice, will talk about On Desperate Ground, his account of the U.S. Marines at Chosin Reservoir, when he appears at Novel in Memphis on October 8 at 6 p.m.

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Reconciled to Imperfection

Poet Blas Falconer writes with deep empathy in Forgive the Body This Failure

True generosity of spirit informs the poems in Blas Falconer’s Forgive the Body This Failure. Falconer will appear at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on October 9, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on October 11, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Bringing Justice to Young Readers

Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor talks with Chapter 16 about her two new books for children

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will visit the Southern Festival of Books to discuss her new books for young readers, Turning Pages: My Life Story and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor. The festival will be held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Paying Attention

Lee Smith talks with Chapter 16 about writers and writing, memories and remembering

In this generous and thoughtful interview, Lee Smith reflects further on her writing life, the way her stories have been shaped by certain books, and the significance of place in her work, among other subjects. Smith will appear at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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The Never-Ending Risk-Benefit Analysis

Kim Brooks heads to Tennessee to discuss parenthood in the age of fear

In March of 2011, Kim Brooks made a decision that upended her life: she left her four-year-old son buckled into his car seat while she ran into Target to make one quick purchase. The result of the fallout from that decision is Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, which Brooks will discuss at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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