Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Sense of the Possible

Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about poetry’s timelessness, camouflage in nature, and why she doesn’t need to be “pop-culture hip”

Celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about her new poetry collection, The Beauty, and her new essay collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

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The Senator in the Delta

Smyrna native Ellen B. Meacham chronicles Robert F. Kennedy’s crusade against poverty

In Delta Epiphany, Ellen B. Meacham chronicles Robert F. Kennedy’s 1967 visit to the Mississippi Delta, which spurred his efforts to eradicate hunger in America. Meacham will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 27.

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The Comedy of Empathy

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Andrew Sean Greer talks with Chapter 16 about finding his way into a story

“Doubt is essential to the writing life,” Andrew Sean Greer says. “If you only had arrogance, you’d write a book that’s all ego.” Greer will read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Less, on June 9 at Parnassus Books in Nashville.

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Saved by a Song

Mary Gauthier talks with Chapter 16 about becoming your own witness

While touring to support Rifles and Rosary Beads, her new album co-written with American veterans, Nashville songwriter Mary Gauthier signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press to tell her own story of trauma and recovery.

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With a Big Heart and Big Dreams

Susan Eaddy and Jessica Young compare notes on creating books for very young children

Nashville authors Susan Eaddy and Jessica Young will launch their new children’s books, Poppy’s Best Babies, Play This Book, and Pet This Book, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 20.

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A Revolution Sown in Fields and Stewed in Kitchens

John T. Edge talks about The Potlikker Papers, the Nashville Reads title for 2018

John T. Edge parses sixty years of Southern history in The Potlikker Papers, the 2018 selection for Nashville Reads, which he’ll discuss at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library on May 1. A panel talk with Caroline Randall Williams, co-author of Soul Food Love, and restaurateurs Sean Brock and Maneet Chauhan will follow.

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