Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Sarah Norris

“Fiction Was My First Love”

Elizabeth Gilbert talks with Chapter 16 about her new historical novel, The Signature of All Things

October 24, 2013 Bestselling memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert will discuss her first novel in thirteen years, The Signature of All Things, as part of the Salon@615 series at the Nashville Public Library on November 1, 2013, at 6:15 p.m. She will also appear at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville on November 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. The Nashville event is free. Tickets for the Knoxville event are $35 and include a copy of the novel.

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Borrow or Buy

Hosted by the Memphis Public Library, the third annual Bookstock festival features forty local authors of books for adults and children

September 27, 2013 The third annual Bookstock festival will showcase forty Memphis-area authors representing multiple genres: fiction, poetry, current affairs, children’s books, and more. This free, family-friendly event, which features talks, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and assorted activities for children, will be held at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis on October 5, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The keynote speech will be delivered by counterterrorism expert Philip Mudd, author of Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda.

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Pursuing Ghosts

John Searles’s Help for the Haunted features a teen determined to solve the mystery of her parents’ murders

September 26, 2013 Sylvie, the teenaged narrator of John Searles’s searing third novel, Help for the Haunted, awakes to the sound of the gunshots that killed her parents. Left in the care of her older sister, she works to piece together what happened that night—endangering her own life along the way. Searles, author of the bestselling mysteries Boy Still Missing and Strange but True, will appear at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13, 2013. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Troubled Bones

In a Southern Gothic memoir, Brent Hendricks writes of his pilgrimage to the Tri-State Crematory

September 25, 2013 In his debut memoir, A Long Day at the End of the World: A Story of Desecration and Revelation in the Deep South, Brent Hendricks writes about the “largest mass desecration in modern American history” and of learning that his own father’s corpse lay among hundreds of bodies discarded outside at Georgia’s Tri-State Crematory. Hendricks will appear at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13, 2013. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Supersized Powers, Villains, and Egos

Nashville YA author Victoria Schwab publishes her first fantasy novel for adults

September 18, 2013 In Vicious, V.E. Schwab—the Nashville YA author Victoria Schwab—has conjured a vivid fantasy world for adults, one that is replete with black magic and strong characters of both sexes. Schwab will discuss Vicious at Parnassus Books in Nashville on September 25, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

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The Runner

Amity Gaige’s Schroder imagines a German man who reinvents himself as a Kennedy

September 12, 2013 Amity Gaige’s new novel, Schroder, is a long, strange love letter to the title character’s estranged wife, providing a record of, in his mind, the magical days that ensued when he absconded with their six-year-old daughter, as well as the truth about his identity, which he’s hidden for decades. Amity Gaige will appear at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books held in Nashville October 11-13, 2013. All events are free and open to the public.

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