Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Crime and Punishment (and Race)

James Forman Jr. discusses his Pulitzer-winning book on mass incarceration, Locking Up Our Own

In Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr. intertwines policy and personal experience in a powerful account of crime and race in Washington D.C. Forman will discuss the book upon accepting the annual book award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis on January 31.

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Shaping, Shaped

Adrianne Harun speaks with Chapter 16 about her new story collection

“I love that shock of recognition when what we think of as normal and mundane shifts or cracks open,” fiction writer Adrianne Harun says. Harun is on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters.

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A Radio Host Who Creates a Safe Space for Authors

Book Talk’s Stephen Usery sits on the other side of the interview desk as Chapter 16 celebrates his 600th author interview

Stephen Usery will conduct his 600th author interview for Memphis Public Libraries’ program Book Talk on December 15, when his guest will be author and illustrator Marla Frazee discussing her new book, Little Brown.

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When a Passel of Possums Pulls Santa’s Sleigh

In his debut picture book, Grant Maloy Smith merges music and merry-making in a marsupial-filled Christmas tale

What happens when Rudolph comes down with the flu and Santa’s reindeer aren’t fit to fly? Singer/songwriter Grant Maloy Smith answers that question in his debut picture book, Fly Possum Fly. He will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 13, along with musician EmiSunshine.

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Why Elections Matter

Keel Hunt recalls a time when bipartisan politics forged a better Tennessee

In Crossing the Aisle, Nashville reporter Keel Hunt investigates the political conditions that spurred Tennessee’s economic progress during the 1980s and 1990s.

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A Touchstone for Leaders and Citizens Alike

Legendary historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks with Chapter 16 about her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times

In Leadership in Turbulent Times, famed presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin considers the lessons that can be drawn from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin will be in conversation with Jon Meacham on October 28. This special edition of the Salon@615 series will be held at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.

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