Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Living Honestly and Freely

Novelist Tova Mirvis writes about her decision to abandon Orthodox Judaism in The Book of Separation

As an Orthodox Jew, Tova Mirvis was taught from childhood that being a good wife and mother was her sacred duty, and her whole existence was shaped and bound by religious law. In her new memoir, The Book of Separation, she recalls her decision to leave her marriage and her faith community. Mirvis will appear at the Memphis Jewish Community Center on November 2 at 7 p.m.

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Telling Stories

Hampton Sides talks about Memphis, civil rights, and why some people think he’s a CIA agent

Hampton Sides will appear in conversation with novelist John Grisham in the University Theater at Christan Brothers University in Memphis on October 26 at 7 p.m. Ticket price includes a copy of Grisham’s new novel, The Rooster Bar.

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Love Prevails

Becca Stevens weaves survivor stories, devotions, and original poems into her latest self-help guide

For Becca Stevens, a love for everything good will set readers on the path of healing from whatever might ail them. Her new book is Love Heals.

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A Colorful Black-and-White Life

The Authorized Roy Orbison offers a loving portrait of a rock icon

Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison, along with writer Jeff Slate, deliver a sumptuous illustrated chronicle with their new biography, The Authorized Roy Orbison. The three Orbison brothers will read from and sign copies at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 21 at 2 p.m.

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Teaching Black Power

Russell Rickford recovers a “lost 1970s” through the history of independent black schools

Russell Rickford’s history of “Pan-African Nationalist” schools, We Are an African People, is the winner of the 2016 National Book award, given by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. Rickford will speak at the University of Memphis on October 19.

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Path to the Presidency

Curtis Wilkie talks with Chapter 16 about the invention of the modern presidential campaign

In The Road to Camelot, Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie tell the story of John F. Kennedy’s quest for the presidency, which started in 1956. Prior to their appearance at Novel in Memphis on October 16, Wilkie discussed the book with Chapter 16.

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