Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Stephen Usery

Book Tours on Ice

David Sedaris has a very particular reason for looking forward to his reading in Nashville

May 30, 2013 Humorist David Sedaris is currently on an author tour for his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. He spoke with Chapter 16 by phone about his upcoming appearance at Parnassus Books in Nashville, the difference between his lecture and bookstore tours, and the true meaning of Christmas. [This interview is also available as a podcast.] Sedaris will discuss and sign copies of Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 31, 2013, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but requires book purchase through the Parnassus website. Click here for details.

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Sedarisland Diaries

May 30, 2013 David Sedaris is currently on an author tour for his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. He spoke with Chapter 16 by phone about his upcoming reading and signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 31, 2013; the difference between his lecture and bookstore tours; and the true meaning of Christmas.

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A Rocky Adjustment

May 13, 2013 In this edition of Chapter 16’s podcast series, Stephen Usery talks with Kevin Powers about The Yellow Birds. Powers’s novel—which went on to win the Pen-Hemingway award, the Guardian First Fiction award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction—follows a young soldier through combat in Iraq and his rocky adjustment to life at home and away from the battlefield.

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The Farthest Reaches of the Most Isolated Place in the World

April 19, 2013 This week novelist Adam Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction—a prize no novelist took home in 2012—for The Orphan Master’s Son, which was released to wide critical acclaim in January of last year. Johnson is also the author of a story collection, Emporium (2002), and another novel, Parasites Like Us (2003). Today he speaks with Chapter 16‘s Stephen Usery about The Orphan Master’s Son, the story of a North Korean boy living in a Soviet-built and now largely lawless city far from the nation’s center of power in Pyongyang.

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Immortality and Lemonade

April 15, 2013 Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (a year in which no prize was awarded), talks with Chapter 16 about her new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. In her fiction, Russell toys with the line between fantasy and reality, and she is wary of fantasy’s association with young-adult novels.

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Inventing Ways to be Honest

Karen Russell talks with Chapter 16 about why she broke up with Amazon, how it feels to be on the shortlist for a Pulitzer Prize that was not awarded, and the distinction between fantasy and fiction

April 15, 2013Stephen Usery first spoke with Karen Russell in 2011 after the release of her debut novel, Swamplandia!. In 2012, the book was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. That year no prize was given, a decision which created quite a stir in the literary world. Today Usery talks with Russell about the controversy, as well as about her new story collection,Vampires in the Lemon Grove. To hear a podcast of the interview, click here.

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