Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Peggy Burch

A Trio on Love and Loss

A policeman, a dancer, and a pianist triangulate in Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut novel

A fallen policeman’s survivors confront their grief and rearrange their lives in Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut novel, Whiskey & Ribbons. The author will speak at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 6.

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A Revolution Sown in Fields and Stewed in Kitchens

John T. Edge talks about The Potlikker Papers, the Nashville Reads title for 2018

John T. Edge parses sixty years of Southern history in The Potlikker Papers, the 2018 selection for Nashville Reads, which he’ll discuss at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library on May 1. A panel talk with Caroline Randall Williams, co-author of Soul Food Love, and restaurateurs Sean Brock and Maneet Chauhan will follow.

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“We’re Loud and We’re Boisterous”

The new Center for Southern Literary Arts brings Tayari Jones to Memphis

On February 27, the Center for Southern Literary Arts in Memphis will bring novelist Tayari Jones to the stage of the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts to talk about her new book, An American Marriage.

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The Gray Man Returns

Memphis native Mark Greaney sends his fictional super-assassin to Syria

Mark Greaney’s seventh Gray Man novel, Agent in Place, launches Court Gentry, professional assassin and occasional CIA agent, on an unlikely mission to Syria to retrieve the infant son of a brutal dictator. Greaney will appear on February 24 at Novel in Memphis.

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Stars of Southern Literature Arrive in Tennessee

The SouthWord Literary Feast will convene in Chattanooga November 3-4

SouthWord Literary Feast, a biennial book festival and reunion of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, will feature forty celebrated Southern authors, including Wendell Berry, Charles Frazier, Jill McCorkle, and Ron Rash. Seating is available for talks, readings, panel discussions, book signings, and meals November 3 and 4.

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Memphis Reads

Markus Zusak talks with Chapter 16 about his YA classic, The Book Thief

Australian author Markus Zusak, whose novel The Book Thief is the 2017 Memphis Reads selection, will speak at Christian Brothers University on September 11 at 7 p.m., and at Rhodes College on September 12 at 7 p.m. Both talks are free and open to the public.

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