Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

God’s Will

A new book considers the legacy of Will Campbell, writer, minister, and activist

As a songwriter, novelist, minister, and tireless advocate for incarcerated, marginalized, and hard-to-know-what-to-do-with people, Will Campbell—author of Brother to a Dragonfly—defied every category. A new book considers his legacy.

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A Greener Frequency

Richard Powers’s latest novel, The Overstory, lets readers listen in on the voices of trees

In ancient myths, people change into trees. The Overstory, the latest novel by new-to-Tennessee Richard Powers, examines the myth-like power trees still have to change people into something more selfless and more attentive.

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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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Exiles, Ex-slaves, and Extraordinary Times

Wayétu Moore talks with Chapter 16 about her debut novel, She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore stopped by Memphis last month to see some of her relatives. Born in Liberia, Moore spent part of her childhood in the Bluff City before her family moved to Texas. Today she talks with Chapter 16 about her work as a novelist.

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Reading Our Way Toward Otherness

A Memphis poet considers the legacy of his parents’ wise gift

At the close of the year I found myself thinking about one of the most wonderful, significant Christmas gifts I ever received. I was ten, and I got it because I didn’t get the thing I asked for first.

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A Wee Dram of Brilliance

Clay Risen conquers all things Scotch in Single Malt

With Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland, New York Times whiskey critic and longtime Chapter 16 contributor Clay Risen has created an essential guide to Scotch for “almost everyone.”

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