Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“The Cairns ”

Book Excerpt: The Cairns: Poems

Bill Brown is the author of ten poetry collections. During the past thirty years, he has published hundreds of poems and articles in literary journals and anthologies. He will read from his new collection, The Cairns, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 12.

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Shaping, Shaped

Adrianne Harun speaks with Chapter 16 about her new story collection

“I love that shock of recognition when what we think of as normal and mundane shifts or cracks open,” fiction writer Adrianne Harun says. Harun is on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters.

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You Just Have to Listen

In The Whispers by Greg Howard, a boy searches for his mother with the help of mysterious beings

In the debut middle-grade novel by Nashville author Greg Howard, a child turns to the “Whispers,” nearly invisible creatures in the woods, for help in solving his mother’s disappearance. Howard will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 15, at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on January 17, and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on January 18.

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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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Gwendolyn Blooms

In her new picture book, Alice Faye Duncan pays tribute to the legendary Gwendolyn Brooks

In A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks, Memphis children’s author Alice Faye Duncan captures the life of distinguished poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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“In the Midst of the Heroin Epidemic”

Book Excerpt: In the Months of My Son’s Recovery

Kate Daniels is the author of five collections of poetry, including Four Testimonies and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. She lives in Nashville, where she directs the creative-writing program at Vanderbilt University. “In the Midst of the Heroin Epidemic” will appear in her forthcoming collection, In the Months of My Son’s Recovery, which will be published by Louisiana State University Press on May 15, 2019.

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