Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Food Fighter

Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser brings a message of hope to Nashville

A decade ago, few Americans knew the disturbing truth behind the factory farms that supply them with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eric Schlosser‘s books have caused a wakening in consumers—and are slowly having a positive impact on the very system he exposed. In advance of his appearance at Belmont University on February 15, he recently discussed his work, and his recent film Food, Inc., in an interview with Chapter 16.

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Henrietta Everlasting

Rebecca Skloot takes The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the road

This week in books—and in science—unquestionably belongs to Rebecca Skloot, Memphis-based author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Ole Mess

Charles Eagles charts the courage of James Meredith in integrating Ole Miss

Many people believe the major achievements of the civil-rights era came from the federal government: the1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. For all the praise we heap on it, too often the civil-right movement is seen as a supporting player, a catalyst, in this historical drama. Charles W. Eagles‘s definitive new book, The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, complicates that narrative. It shows how, over the course of a decade, Mississippi blacks fought and eventually won the right to enter the hallowed institution, even under the benign neglect of successive Washington administrations. Eagles will appear at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on February 11 at 6 p.m.

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A Window into Nashville's Soul

In image and word, Bob Schatz and Christine Kreyling explore Nashville’s architectural riches

Photographer Bob Schatz and design critic Christine Kreyling combine their talents to create an intimate, surprising portrait of some of Nashville’s most beautiful spaces.

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Wordsworth Redux

With Bloodroot, debut novelist Amy Greene brings Romanticism into the 21st century

Amy Greene has not written a typical debut novel. Instead, she has turned out nothing less than an epic—a story of madness and magic that spans four generations, an emotionally tangled tale that requires six disparate voices to tell and offers no easy resolutions to the conflicts of the heart. To its everlasting credit, Bloodroot is a big, ambitious book that will never be taught in a ninth-grade English class. Amy Greene will read from it at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on February 8 at 7 p.m., and at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on February 9 at 6 p.m.

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Eleanor Ross Taylor Emerges

What’s new in Tennessee books—and at Chapter 16—on January 28, 2010

Eleanor Ross Taylor becomes a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, Heather Armstrong signs a deal with HGTV, buzz is already building for Adam Ross‘s first novel, which isn’t due in stores till June, Abraham Verghese lands on yet another best-of list, and The Huffington Post likes the look of Michael Sims‘s latest book.

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