Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Radio Host Who Creates a Safe Space for Authors

Book Talk’s Stephen Usery sits on the other side of the interview desk as Chapter 16 celebrates his 600th author interview

Stephen Usery will conduct his 600th author interview for Memphis Public Libraries’ program Book Talk on December 15, when his guest will be author and illustrator Marla Frazee discussing her new book, Little Brown.

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Exiles, Ex-slaves, and Extraordinary Times

Wayétu Moore talks with Chapter 16 about her debut novel, She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore stopped by Memphis last month to see some of her relatives. Born in Liberia, Moore spent part of her childhood in the Bluff City before her family moved to Texas. Today she talks with Chapter 16 about her work as a novelist.

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When a Passel of Possums Pulls Santa’s Sleigh

In his debut picture book, Grant Maloy Smith merges music and merry-making in a marsupial-filled Christmas tale

What happens when Rudolph comes down with the flu and Santa’s reindeer aren’t fit to fly? Singer/songwriter Grant Maloy Smith answers that question in his debut picture book, Fly Possum Fly. He will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 13, along with musician EmiSunshine.

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Why Elections Matter

Keel Hunt recalls a time when bipartisan politics forged a better Tennessee

In Crossing the Aisle, Nashville reporter Keel Hunt investigates the political conditions that spurred Tennessee’s economic progress during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Meeting in the Middle

Julia Watts’s new novel for teens finds room for friendship in the so-called culture wars

Quiver, Julia Watts’s new novel for teens, is a story of acceptance against all odds. Watts will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on October 28 at 2 p.m.

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A Touchstone for Leaders and Citizens Alike

Legendary historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks with Chapter 16 about her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times

In Leadership in Turbulent Times, famed presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin considers the lessons that can be drawn from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin will be in conversation with Jon Meacham on October 28. This special edition of the Salon@615 series will be held at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.

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