Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Choice Either to Wail or Smile

Tim Gautreaux talks with Chapter 16 about his story collection, Signals

Chattanooga-area novelist Tim Gautreaux talks about the pitfalls of regionalism, the influence of James Dickey and Flannery O’Connor, the challenges of writing short fiction, and the imperatives of religious faith.

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A Fragile Juggernaut

Nashville nonfiction author Jefferson Cowie reinterprets the New Deal and its legacy

Jefferson Cowie’s The Great Exception challenges our understanding of the New Deal and its implications for today. The Nashville-based nonfiction author will deliver the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History at the University of Memphis on February 15.

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A Labor of Love

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long discuss their new picture book, a tribute to love

Love, Matt de la Peña and Loren Long’s contemplative celebration of love and the way it moves through the world, will be the subject of their appearance at the Nashville Public Library on January 31.

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The Fallout of Disaster

Vanderbilt visiting writer in nonfiction Joy Castro talks with Chapter 16

Vanderbilt University visiting nonfiction writer Joy Castro talks with Chapter 16 about language, the #MeToo movement, and behaving badly in fiction. She will give a free public reading at Vanderbilt on January 25.

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American Carnage

A conservative expert on the presidency weighs in on Donald Trump’s first year

In Trump’s First Year, Rhodes College professor Michael Nelson dispassionately dissects the leadership style of the controversial 45th president. Nelson will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on January 21.

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Context Matters

Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts explore the pitfalls when we talk across cultural barriers

In Getting Through, Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts illuminate the way we communicate across cultures, with stakes for our everyday interactions.

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