Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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Reading, Thinking, Grieving, Drinking

In The Futilitarians, Anne Gisleson limns grief, loss, crisis, and regeneration

In 2011, still recovering from the loss of her twin sisters (to suicide) and her beloved father (to leukemia), Anne Gisleson helped form the Existential Crisis Reading Group: a book club bent on exploring the big questions through reading and discussion. Gisleson will discuss The Futilitarians at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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