Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Beth Waltemath

The Story Collector

Anthologist Andrea N. Richesin talks with Chapter 16 about getting writers to spill their guts

October 3, 2011 A crush can make even the most creative writer into a cliché. Luckily the contributors to Crush: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love are too funny and self-aware to fall into that trap for long. In the experienced hands of editor and East Tennessee native Andrea N. Richesin, the tales of their summer flings, student stalkers, eternal bad boys, celebrity fairy tales, long-distance romances, and lost innocence explain not how we lose what we love passionately but how we find ourselves in the process.

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Fragile

A baby’s life-threatening illness brought Hamilton Cain a new understanding of his own childhood

May 17, 2011 Hamilton Cain is a natural storyteller. During his adolescence in Chattanooga, his way with words convinced his conservative family that he was anointed to preach. But it also gained him entry into a wider and more challenging world than the one offered by his strict Southern Baptist childhood: after college at the University of Virginia, Cain became a journalist in New York City. But the discovery that his first infant son had been born with a debilitating and degenerative genetic disease sent Hamilton Cain on a search to discover what liberation and affirmation can be found in a childhood he thought he had left behind forever. This Boy’s Faith is the story of a father who learns what it means to be faithful through raising his medically fragile son.

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Patron Saint of Last Chances

Priest, activist, and author Becca Stevens talks with Chapter 16

September 21, 2010 Priest and author Becca Stevens is justly celebrated for her social-justice activism: she is the founder of Magdalene, a five-house residential recovery program for prostitutes, and of Thistle Farms, a cottage industry which provides work for women in the Magdalene program. Stevens also helped to replicate the Magdalene formula in cities throughout the South, launch a business for women in Rwanda, found a school in Equador, and establish a nursing program for an AIDS hospice in Botswana. Prior to launching her new books, The Path of Peace, The Path of Justice, and The Path of Love, she talks with Chapter 16 about the intersection of faith, activism, and art. She will discuss her work at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on September 21 at 7 p.m.

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Beyond Buy Buy Baby

A new mother considers the hard-earned lessons of the NICU

August 13, 2010 Last weekend I stopped by the local baby superstore and was struck by how much our newborn’s story has diverged from the dream the store is peddling. Margaret Grace’s metal hospital crib is a far cry from the nursery suites of Buy Buy Baby.

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