Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Magic, Madness, Mystery, Magnificence

W. Ralph Eubanks explores the literary tradition in Mississippi

In A Place Like Mississippi, W. Ralph Eubanks marries searching prose with stunning photographs. While touring the state, he introduces us to its writers and their intertwined legacies.

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Place Justice

Dr. Enkeshi El-Amin talks with Chapter 16 about nurturing Black-affirming spaces

Dr. Enkeshi El-Amin is a researcher, cultural worker, and lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned a Ph.D. in sociology. As co-host of the Black in Appalachia podcast and the founder of The Bottom, a non-profit community space in Knoxville, she’s working to reclaim space for Black voices and communities.

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Whose Hot Chicken Is It Anyway?

A historian weaves the story of Nashville hot chicken with a chronicle of race and real estate

In Rachel Louise Martin’s Hot, Hot Chicken, the story of a beloved Nashville dish is inextricable from the history of redlining and misguided urban renewal initiatives that undermined the city’s Black communities for generations. Martin will appear at a virtual event hosted by The Bookshop in Nashville on April 5.

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Sweet Dreams

In lyrical rhyme, Jessica Young’s I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams celebrates the parent-child bond

Jessica Young’s latest picture book, I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams, celebrates the parent-child bond, while simultaneously honoring children’s need to spread their wings. Young and illustrator Rafael López will celebrate the launch of I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9.  

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Not as Different as We Think

Elizabeth Passarella on being a “muddled mashup of everything”

Raised in a conservative corner of Memphis, Elizabeth Passarella now makes her home in New York City, and Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York tells her story: of moving to the city, getting married, becoming a Democrat, and raising a family, all while maintaining her unquenchable Christian faith.

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