Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Part of the American Epic

Margot Lee Shetterly’s blockbuster Hidden Figures is this year’s Nashville Reads selection

The little-known history of the black women mathematicians of NASA is brought to life in Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, a bestselling book that was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film. Shetterly will discuss and sign Hidden Figures, the 2019 Nashville Reads selection, at Lipscomb University in Nashville on February 19.

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Crime and Punishment (and Race)

James Forman Jr. discusses his Pulitzer-winning book on mass incarceration, Locking Up Our Own

In Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr. intertwines policy and personal experience in a powerful account of crime and race in Washington D.C. Forman will discuss the book upon accepting the annual book award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis on January 31.

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Shaping, Shaped

Adrianne Harun speaks with Chapter 16 about her new story collection

“I love that shock of recognition when what we think of as normal and mundane shifts or cracks open,” fiction writer Adrianne Harun says. Harun is on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters.

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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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