Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Peggy Burch

A Flawed Hero in Tumultuous Times

Preston Lauterbach’s Bluff City looks at the strange legacy of a civil-rights figure who worked as an FBI spy

Preston Lauterbach considers both the bravery and seeming treachery of a civil-rights photojournalist and FBI informant in Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers. Lauterbach will appear at Novel in Memphis on January 14.

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A Radio Host Who Creates a Safe Space for Authors

Book Talk’s Stephen Usery sits on the other side of the interview desk as Chapter 16 celebrates his 600th author interview

Stephen Usery will conduct his 600th author interview for Memphis Public Libraries’ program Book Talk on December 15, when his guest will be author and illustrator Marla Frazee discussing her new book, Little Brown.

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Common (Literary) Ground

WriterFest, a new conference in Nashville, celebrates the city’s collaborative spirit

Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty will talk about her new novel, Nine Perfect Strangers on November 9 during WriterFest Nashville. Songwriter Tom Douglas and TV producer Liz Cackowski are also keynote speakers at the event, which brings together writers across genres.

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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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American, No Hyphen

Tayari Jones talks with Chapter 16 about her newest novel, An American Marriage

Tayari Jones, who will talk about her novel An American Marriage during the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 12-14, sets her fiction in Atlanta because the urban South is “a microcosm of all the issues facing the country.”

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An Emotional Realist

Patchwork surveys decades of Bobbie Ann Mason’s fiction, nonfiction, and interviews

Patchwork collects important work by Bobbie Ann Mason, whose short stories, novels, and memoir were inspired by the people, land, and language of her native Western Kentucky. Mason will appear at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on September 6, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 12-14

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