Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

With This King, I Thee Wed

George Klein gives the inside scoop on his best friend—and best man—Elvis Presley

In Elvis: My Best Man, George “GK” Klein details his long history with Elvis Presley, from their years together at North Memphis’s Hume High School through his acceptance, on behalf of Presley Enterprises, of Elvis’s 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Though Klein’s account is not unbiased, it nonetheless provides fresh insight into one of the greatest careers in the history of show business. Klein will read from and sign copies of Elvis: My Best Man at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on January 13 at 6 p.m.

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A Real Fine Place to Start

With her new novel, country star Sara Evans tries her hand at collaborative fiction

Sara Evans‘s debut novel, The Sweet By and By, written with Rachel Hauck, is a story of faith, forgiveness, and redemption. While inspirational, the novel is never preachy, and the characters, no matter their faults, are treated with sympathy and even-handedness. In an interview, Sara Evans talks with Chapter 16 about the book, the writing process, and the role faith plays in her own life. She will be performing and signing copies of The Sweet By and By at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on January 11 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Prize-Winning Poems

What’s new in Tennessee books—and at Chapter 16—on January 7, 2010

Memphis poet Bobby C. Rogers wins a prestigious national prize, Ann Patchett publishes another essay in The Washington Post, debut Nashville novelist Adam Ross gets a nod from The Center for Fiction, children’s graphic novelist Scott Christian Sava runs a charity auction for First Book, and Chapter 16 writer Clay Risen takes a job with The New York Times.

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Bobby C. Rogers grew up in West Tennessee and was educated at Union University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Virginia. His first book, Paper Anniversary, won the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize at University of Pittsburgh Press and will be published in fall, 2010. He is a professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He lives in Memphis with his wife and son and daughter.

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RB Morris Reads from James Agee's "A Death in the Family"

Recorded live at the Laurel Theater in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 20, 2009. In this episode, RB Morris — first introduced by Agee scholar and editor Michael Lofaro and then in performance with Hector Qirko — reads the “Dream Intro” from the new revision of James Agee’s novel, “A Death in the Family.”

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Opening Moves

How an American pilot witnessed the beginning of the Cold War

In The Wars of Myron King: A B-17 Pilot Faces WWII and U.S.-Soviet Intrigue, James Lee McDonough records what is surely one of the more bizarre of World War II stories—the tale of Nashvillian Myron King, the bomber crew he commanded, and the part they played in the drama not only of World War II, but also the opening moves of the Cold War.

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