Chapter 16


Chapter 16, launched in October 2009, is an online journal about books, writers, and literary events in Tennessee and serves as the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. We cover novels set here; histories involving Tennessee events or locations; authors who live here, were born or educated here; and out-of-state writers when they give readings or participate in book signings anywhere in the state. We also publish original poems and essays by prominent Tennessee authors (including previews of their works in progress). New content appears daily, and our reviews and interviews are published in newspapers around the state under a syndication plan modeled on Pro Publica’s.


The Tennessee Solution to Disappearing Book Reviews

In November 2020, author Casey Cep wrote a feature for The New Yorker about Chapter 16, showcasing that it is one of only a few nonprofit media outlets in the country dedicated to coverage of the arts. This feature helped garner additional readers and increased financial support for one of Humanities Tennessee’s most vital literary programs.