Chapter 16
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Stephen Usery

Through the Eyes of a Child

Only Love Can Break Your Heart wasn’t the debut novel Ed Tarkington had in mind when he first started writing in earnest. But after turning out a very different novel that never found a publisher, Tarkington found his voice by mining his own family’s experiences. The protagonist of the resulting coming-of-age novel, Rocky Askew, is a boy growing up in a fractured upper-middle-class family in southern Virginia during the late 1970s.

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Ghosts, Living and Dead

Ed Tarkington talks with Chapter 16 about his debut novel, a coming-of-age story set to the soundtrack of the ‘70s

February 4, 2016 Only Love Can Break Your Heart wasn’t the debut novel Ed Tarkington had in mind when he first started writing in earnest. But after turning out a very different novel that never found a publisher, Tarkington found his voice by mining his own family’s experiences. He will read from the book at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on February 11, 2016, at 6 p.m.

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A Struggle Against Dull

January 21, 2016 Rick Bragg will kick off the Southern Lit Alliance’s Distinguished Lectures series tonight with a reading at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga. In this podcast, Bragg talks with Chapter 16 about his biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, why Southern storytellers are drawn to the Gothic, and why, for a writer, “everything is a struggle against dull.”

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Down the Mountain, Into Despair

In Tim Johnston’s second novel, a Wisconsin family shatters when their college-bound daughter disappears

December 3, 2015 Tim Johnston didn’t expect his second novel to hit The New York Times bestseller list when it was published in January, but Descent merges lyrical prose and complex emotional development into a propulsive, page-turning mystery. Johnston will launch the book’s paperback release at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on December 8, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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A Propulsive Page-Turner

December 3, 2015 In Tim Johnston’s literary thriller, Descent, Kaitlyn Courtland goes missing while training for her freshman season on the track team at the University of Wisconsin. Her brother is with her when she disappears on a mountain trail, but he’s found unconscious and injured at the scene. Johnston will launch the book’s paperback release at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on December 8, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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Undersea, Undercover, Under Attack

In Mark Greaney’s new Tom Clancy novel, a Putinesque strong man aims to capture former Soviet lands

November 24, 2015 Memphis author Mark Greaney first garnered attention for his Gray Man thrillers, but he entered the bestselling stratosphere when Tom Clancy tapped him as a co-author on the Jack Ryan series. Since the legendary author’s death in 2013, Greaney has continued the franchise as a solo act. He will sign the latest installment, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, at Barnes & Noble in Memphis on December 1, 2016, at 7 p.m.

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