Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

"Highway 64, Between Beech Grove and Wartrace"

Kory Wells is breaking out of her career as a software developer with her first poetry collection, Heaven Was the Moon. Her novel-in-progress was a finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, and Ladies’ Home Journal praised her “standout” essay in the anthology She’s Such a Geek. Wells and her family, long-time residents of Murfreesboro, are renovating a house in Bell Buckle.

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The (Im)Perfect Word

Are sticks and stones really worse than a mean name?

Writers are always looking for the perfect word, the perfect sentence. Put a bunch of writers together for a little while and you’ll most likely hear one of them declare, “I love that word,” in response to something someone has uttered. Words have power. Words mean something. Words live and breathe. But what happens when the perfect word is one that you do not want to use?

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The Übertutor of American Music

A new anthology surveys the work of revered critic Robert Palmer

A passionate listener and an erudite chronicler of every style from blues to punk, music critic Robert Palmer was admired by many of the artists he wrote about, and by legions of fans who followed his work in The New York Times and Rolling Stone. In Blues & Chaos, editor Anthony DeCurtis brings together a selection of articles and reviews from Palmer’s 20-plus years as the premier American music writer.

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"A Lot Happened in Three Decades"

A Nashville photographer documents Music City’s evolution

Featuring the work of longtime Nashville photographer Bob Grannis, Historic Photos of Nashville in the 50s, 60s, and 70s documents the city’s dramatic evolution from sleepy town to sprawling Sunbelt metropolis.

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Waking the Peace Dragon

A survivor of a terrorist attack turns her thoughts—and actions—to peace

Linda Ragsdale, Nashville children’s book author and illustrator, was severely wounded in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which left more than 170 people dead and injured hundreds more. Choosing to make a mission of love from the darkness she experienced, Ragsdale has created a website,, that puts this mission into action.

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The $254,500 Typewriter

What’s new in Tennessee books—and at Chapter 16—on December 10, 2009

Cormac McCarthy’s broken typewriter brings in a cool quarter-mil, and a Columbia writer helps to launch a family-friendly website. One of its first stories? A review of the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

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