Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby


Michael Knight’s Eveningland centers on life in and around Mobile Bay

Eveningland, the new collection of linked stories by Knoxville writer Michael Knight, focuses closely on the lives of affluent families in and around Mobile Bay. Knight will discuss Eveningland at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 7 and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 8.

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Like Father, Like Daughter

Dana Chamblee Carpenter reminds readers that you can’t pick your family

It’s no picnic being the daughter of Satan, especially if you’re disinclined toward evil. Just ask Mouse, the 700-year-old protagonist of The Devil’s Bible, the new novel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter. Carpenter will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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Goodbye Daze

Jeff Zentner’s new YA novel explores loss by celebrating life

Celebrated YA author Jeff Zentner will discuss his second novel, Goodbye Days—the story of teenager Carver Briggs and the moment that changed his life—on March 7 at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m.

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A Tale of Two Mothers

A woman searches for the heart to raise the child of her husband’s mistress in Bren McClain’s debut novel

Bren McClain’s debut novel features a difficult responsibility that initiates a personal transformation. McClain will discuss One Good Mama Bone at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 28 at 6:30 p.m., at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on March 2 at 5 p.m., and at the Brentwood Public Library on April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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Wandering, Escaping, Arriving

Sybil Baker considers many kinds of travel in Immigration Essays

Travel can be a luxury, a diversion, an obsession, a necessity, or a means of survival. In Sybil Baker’s Immigration Essays, it’s all those things, as well as a kind of meditation on how to be in the world. Baker will discuss Immigration Essays at Starline Books in Chattanooga on February 15 at 7 p.m.

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Coming Full Circle

Andrew Maraniss talks with Chapter 16 about the new edition of Strong Inside for young readers

Andrew Maraniss spent eight years researching and writing Strong Inside, the story of Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace, who broke the color barrier in SEC athletics. Now Maraniss has produced a version of the story for readers in middle and high school. He will launch the new edition at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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