Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The World’s One Breathing

Poet Jesse Graves interviews literary Renaissance man David Madden

Knoxville native and literary polymath David Madden talks about his early influences, the writers he finds essential, and the importance of technique in creative writing.

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Race, Rights, and Reconstruction

Daniel Brook chronicles the shifting status of mixed-race elites in the 19th-century South

In The Accident of Color, Daniel Brook tells the revealing story of the mixed-race elite in Charleston and New Orleans during the 19th century. Brook will appear at Novel in Memphis on June 27 at 6:00 p.m.  

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Celebrating Your “You-ness”

Marianne Richmond celebrates individuality in Hooray for You!

For more than two decades, Franklin-based author-illustrator Marianne Richmond has been creating books that celebrate children and family. Richmond will visit Parnassus Books on June 1 to share her newest picture book, Hooray for You!, with children and their families.

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Beloved America

David Dark talks with Chapter 16 about choosing our own spiritual ancestors

The Possibility of America: How the Gospel Can Mend Our God-Blessed, God-Forsaken Land is David Dark’s second book on American politics, culture, and religion. Today the Nashville author talks with Chapter 16 about the unreflective confluence of religion, politics, and media in the Trump era.

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Unraveling a Mystery

Poet Kate Daniels explores addiction as a family illness


In her new collection, In the Months of My Son’s Recovery, Nashville poet Kate Daniels writes about aging, loss, and the circle of pain created by addiction.

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The Third-Best Cook on the Roy Webb Road

Rick Bragg talks with Chapter 16 about his own family’s foodways

In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg brings together the two greatest aspects of Southern identity: storytelling and food. Bragg will appear at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on May 21.

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