Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Randy Fox

Rockin’ His Life Away

Rick Bragg talks with Chapter 16 about writing the epic tale of Jerry Lee Lewis

August 20, 2014 Since bursting onto the national scene in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis has lived a life as wild as his music. Drawing from extensive interviews with Lewis, author Rick Bragg tells an epic Southern tale of triumph and tragedy in Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. Rick Bragg will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Straight, No Chaser

Jon Sealy’s debut novel, The Whiskey Baron, satisfies with both flash and impact

June 19, 2014 Jon Sealy’s debut novel is an impressive tale of country noir set against the backdrop of Prohibition. Sealy will discuss The Whiskey Baron at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 23, 2014, at 6 p.m.

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Balladeer in Black and White

American Ballads, Marty Stuart’s book of backstage photographs, captures a musical age

May 28, 2014 Marty Stuart has spent his career both making musical history and capturing it on film. American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart is a new collection of Stuart’s photography that accompanies the exhibit currently showing at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Marty Stuart and his mother, Hilda Stuart, will discuss the exhibit and their shared passion for photography at the Frist on June 4, 2014, at noon. Admission is free.

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Giving Gifts to Keep As Long as You Live

Stephen Wade discusses the stories behind the classic folk recordings in his book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us

March 18, 2014 In The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, Stephen Wade unearths the stories behind classic Library of Congress folk recordings. In thirteen involving narratives, he demonstrates how cultural forces and personal experiences combined in a few brief moments behind a microphone to create powerful musical legacies.

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Dark and Bloody Ground

Alan M. Clark digs into history and horror in The Door That Faced West

March 11, 2014 In his new novel, The Door That Faced West, author and illustrator Alan M. Clark digs into the history and horror of the early Tennessee wilderness. It’s a dark story that unearths an even darker landscape in the minds of his characters.

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