Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Michael Ray Taylor


Today-show host Hoda Kotb tells the real-life stories of people finding their way

January 26, 2016 Working with Tennessee-based author Jane Lorenzi, Today-show host Hoda Kotb tells the stories of ordinary people who discovered their purpose in life. Kotb will discuss Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us the Way at the Nashville Public Library on January 31, 2016, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Betting the Farm

Leslie Lytle’s first novel chronicles a Tennessee woman’s fight against factory farming

December 9, 2015 A single mother in central Tennessee struggles to save a family farm threatened by a (barely) fictional corporate-poultry giant in Chicken Stock, a first novel by Tracy City journalist Leslie Lytle. Although Lytle is clearly a proponent of sustainable farming, the book deftly avoids becoming a poultry polemic.

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Musical Journey

NPR’s Fiona Ritchie talks with Chapter 16 about her new book on the evolution of Appalachian music

October 2, 2015 In a book that includes lavish illustrations and a twenty-track CD, Fiona Ritchie, creator and host of the long-running public radio program The Thistle and Shamrock, and Doug Orr, founder of the Swannanoa musical workshops, have produced an authoritative history of traditional American music. The pair will discuss Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 9-11, 2015.

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Road Master

Paul Theroux turns his keen traveler’s eye upon southern states and the state of all things Southern

September 28, 2015 In a career spanning five decades, Paul Theroux has produced fifty-one books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Mosquito Coast, The Great Railway Bazaar, and other notable titles. In his new book he chronicles extensive travels through the American South. Theroux will discuss Deep South during the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

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Georgia Gothic

In the new historical thriller from Matthew Guinn, a disgraced detective returns to Atlanta to hunt a vicious serial killer

September 25, 2015 Matthew Guinn has created a rich, realistic portrait of Atlanta in 1881 for his new thriller, The Scribe, which features detective Thomas Canby, the target of a Reconstruction-era corruption charge, who must return to his native Atlanta to track down a serial killer. Guinn will discuss The Scribe at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

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Stinky Success

Beloved children’s author Dav Pilkey talks with Chapter 16 about Captain Underpants

August 19, 2015 There’s something rotten in the state of Ohio in Captain Underpants and the Sensational Sir Stinks-A-Lot, the twelfth “epic novel” in Dav Pilkey’s popular series of graphic novels for children. Pilkey will appear as part of the Salon@615 series at the Nashville Public Library on August 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

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