Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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A Martyr’s Redemption

Joseph Rosenbloom talks with Chapter 16 about the final days of Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 3, Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Memphis to lead a nonviolent march in support of striking sanitation workers. The next day, he was murdered. In Redemption, Joseph Rosenbloom describes those thirty-one hours with rich detail and compelling analysis. Rosenbloom will speak at Novel in Memphis on April 23 and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 26.

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Tentacled Treasure

Lucy Branam introduces readers to a friendly neighborhood octopus

In the realm of children’s literature, there exists a long tradition of wild but friendly creatures making themselves comfortable in the homes of children. In Lucy Branam’s debut picture book, Roof Octopus, a young girl wakes up to find an octopus on the roof of her apartment building. Branam will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on April 14.

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Migrants Through Time

Mohsin Hamid talks with Chapter 16 about his acclaimed literary bestseller, Exit West

Mohsin Hamid’s work conveys a deep moral questioning and a valiant effort to make sense of a world turned upside down. Prior to his appearance at Parnassus Books on April 9, Hamid answered questions about his newest novel, Exit West.

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Rugged Country

Min Jin Lee discusses identity, diaspora, and resistance in her novel Pachinko

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, follows a Korean family through four generations of migration, hardship, and survival, telling their interlocking stories in vivid detail. Lee will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 21.

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Sometimes You Can Go Home Again

Helene Dunbar discusses her latest YA novel, Boomerang

Teenagers often have questions about their identity, but Sean Woodhouse is more confused than most. In the five years since he disappeared from home, he’s acquired a new name, a new family, and a new relationship. Helene Dunbar will discuss Boomerang, her new young-adult novel, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9.

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