Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

One for the Road

Emily Wallace’s Road Sides serves up a philosophy of adventurous eating and exploration.

In Road Sides, author and illustrator Emily Wallace offers roadtrippers a fanciful guide to the back roads of the American South. But at a deeper level, the book is a meditation on Wallace’s ethos of exploration. Wallace will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on 10/22 and The Bookshop in Nashville on 10/23.

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Food Fight

Anissa Gray discusses family, process, and her absorbing debut novel

With The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Anissa Gray digs deep into sibling relationships, trauma, and grace. Gray will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Of Facts and Fables

Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his mesmerizing debut novel, We Cast a Shadow

Maurice Carlos Ruffin casts a satirical spell in his debut novel, We Cast A Shadow. Its unnamed narrator, driven by fierce love for his son, makes decisions that expose his family to the dangers of a world that may seem dystopian but in fact lies excruciatingly close to our own. Ruffin will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Living Like a King

Derrick Barnes’ The King of Kindergarten joyously addresses one of childhood’s biggest milestones

Award-winning author Derrick Barnes’ latest book, The King of Kindergarten, celebrates the joy and pride of a child’s first day of school. Barnes will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.  

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High Stakes Whydunit

Rea Frey talks with Chapter 16 about her second thriller, Because You’re Mine

In Rea Frey’s second thriller, Because You’re Mine, a single mother and her young son confront dark forces. Frey will discuss the book at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on September 5; at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 10; and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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Eye of the Beholder

Ottessa Moshfegh discusses beauty, humor, and the ecstasy she finds in writing

By turns provoking and illuminating, Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation speaks to our modern anxieties and absurdities, revealing what endures inside us no matter how we try to numb or distract ourselves. Ottessa Moshfegh will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on Oct. 11-13.

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