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Texas Public Radio Interview

January 13, 2017

Tags: Dave Davies, Texas Public Radio, Silent We Stood

Here's a little Texas Public Radio Interview I did a couple days ago with Dave Davies. I'm amazed and pleased to no end that Silent We Stood still gets a little media attention.

SWS Teaser

November 30, 2016

Tags: Silent We Stood

"Father’s Reminiscence
Transcribed July 26, 1911

"Even after all that I have done and risked and supported, I remain suspicious of social movements, despite the good they sometimes accomplish. I doubt the purity of motive of those who embrace and carry out causes. Yes, some are driven by outrage at injustice. Others, equally efficient, are motivated by resentment of privilege. Still others seek to carry out religious imperatives. If their interpretation of the Scriptures condemns slavery, then slavery must end. What the religious feel toward the enslaved seems to matter little. Others love the pain of those with whom they hold stark ideological differences. Some take more pleasure in revenge against perpetrators of injustice than in aiding the oppressed. A good many seem natural Jacobins, born to disaffection. They chafe against any perceived power, any state of affairs."

Southern Literary Reivew Likes Silent We Stood

November 2, 2015

Tags: Silent We Stood, Southern Literary Review

A nice review of Silent We Stood in Southern Literary Review. I'm amazed that reviews are still coming out. I'm also amazed that SWS has been out for two years. The review is kind enough that I'll forgive the misspelling of my name.

My thanks to reviewer Donna Meredith! Here's a sample:

"Silent We Stood is no easy read, but it yields the pleasure of unraveling the threads of a complicated yarn. It is a testimony to the universal struggle of humans to find freedom, and the heroism of those who risk everything to ensure that liberty and justice for all is not simply an ideal but a reality."


Come one! Come all!

November 3, 2014

Tags: Silent We Stood, book signing, The Wild Detectives

This coming Thursday night, November 6, at 7:00, I’ll be at The Wild Detectives, Dallas’s new independent bookstore in south Dallas/Oak Cliff, talking about and reading from my latest novel, Silent We Stood. If you’re on Facebook, you can check out the store in general and my event in particular. TWD is one of the few bookstores with a bar, so if you find my talk less than enthralling, you can just sit, relax, and quietly get plastered. In any case, I’d love to see you there!

You should've been there!

September 15, 2014

Tags: Malvern Books, Mark Viator, Susan Maxey, Silent We Stood, James Magnuson

Had a fine time Saturday night at Malvern Books, in Austin. Great roots music by Susan Maxey and Mark Viator, interesting conversation with novelist James Magnuson, and friendly readers who came to buy books.


Can’t wait to read Jim’s new novel!



Si Dunn on Silent We Stood

March 3, 2014

Tags: Silent We Stood, Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News

The indispensable Si Dunn, who works hard to bring a little exposure to regional writers, has written a nice review of Silent We Stood in The Dallas Morning News. My thanks to Mr. Dunn and the good folks (more…)

David Madden Likes Silent We Stood

February 9, 2014

Tags: David Madden, Civil War Book Review, Silent We Stood

David Madden, novelist, historian, and all-around man of letters, just wrote a very kind review of Silent We Stood at Civil War Book Review. Here’s an excerpt:

“More than many Civil War novelists, Chappell is fully in command of the art of fiction. To contrast Joseph's response to violence against slaves, Chappell uses the device of juxtaposition. Feeling the eyes of maimed slaves upon him causes ‘the skin on his back’ to tighten ‘like scabrous wounds.’ Chappell juxtaposes that line to ‘Images flashed: thick, hard scars, the nubs on Bekah's hand,’ where two fingers had been hacked off. For Bekah the miasma from the river bottom is a metaphor for the ambience of slavery. “You breathe in that miasma and it gets all over your insides.’ To express a parallel of her feelings to Joseph's, Chappell juxtaposes that line to “Joseph, feverish and chilled, dreamed of being buried alive.’

“Especially memorable are the chapters describing the town on fire and the responses of the people; the torture of Bekah and Samuel, who is innocent of setting the fire but who confesses to save her; Joseph, Samuel, and Bekah hiding a runaway mother and child, both of whom die; and a chapter delineating the vacillating mentality of Reverend Boedeker.

“Ending on a personal note, I am eager to say that, as a Civil War novelist and historian, I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read.”

Thank you David Madden!



SWS is Out!

November 13, 2013

Tags: Silent We Stood

Silent We Stood is officially out. I note that it's temporarily out of stock at Amazon.com, but the Kindle version is always available. Thanks for your support!

New Publication Date

October 24, 2013

Tags: Silent We Stood, Publication Date

I have a new publication date for Silent We Stood: November 6. This should actually work out better than the earlier date since advance reader copies went out a month ago. Thanks to all who've ordered in advance, and my apologies for the delay.

Selected Work

Novels
"I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read"
  • David Madden, Civil War Book Review
  • "Blood Kin is historical fiction at its best."
  • Bruce Winders, Historian and Curator, The Alamo
  • "The finest book on buffalo hunting and the resulting conflict with the Comanches that I have ever read."
  • Doris R. Meredith, Roundup
  • Non-fiction Books
    "Sharp and colorful also describe the economical prose of sports and wildlife writer Henry Chappell"
  • Elaine Wolff, San Antonio Current
  • Magazine Work
    Articles and Reviews
    Feature Articles
    Columns and Feature Articles