Great September Reads: What Our Staff Loves Right Now

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Anyone who’s been in Nashville lately knows that after an unseasonably mild summer, we’ve gotten walloped with an oppressive heat wave. It’s enough to make a person take to the indoors… and if you do, you’ll need something good to read. Here are our latest favorites. (PS – May we ask a favor? Scroll all the way to the end if you have a sec. Thanks!)  Read the rest of this entry »

“365 Days of Wonder” Features Young Readers as Authors

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Want to meet a few famous local authors? Perhaps you can get on their schedule after school sometime, if they’ve finished their homework.  Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the Big Deal About Pre-Sales? An Author Explains

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Ever wonder why you see posts from your favorite authors urging you to pre-order a book before it comes out? Or why everyone’s all up in arms about Amazon’s turning off the pre-order function on Hachette books? Pre-sales matter. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

Jon Scieszka on How to Get Kids to Love Reading (Tip: Stop Telling Them How Important Reading Is)

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Before we jump into this interview with bestselling children’s and middle-grade author Jon Scieszka about how and why kids read, let’s establish his cred on the matter: Read the rest of this entry »

Parnassus Kids: What We Read This Summer

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Are the young book-lovers in your life looking for their next great read? It’s one thing to get book advice from an adult — ugh, what do grownups know? — but it’s something else entirely to get a recommendation from another kid. In this special guest post, our “junior booksellers” (children of shop staff) report on the books they loved most over the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Hampton Sides: What’s the Next Frontier?

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To say Tennessee native Hampton Sides is an outdoor enthusiast doesn’t quite cut it. Let’s put it this way: He’s the kind of guy whose personal photo album includes a shot of him holding a wooly mammoth tusk on Wrangel Island, the most remote region of Siberia. (See above for proof.) Read the rest of this entry »

The Bear, the Dog, the Skunk, and the Cat

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Hello. I am Bear. I am not a bear. I am a dog, named Bear. Read the rest of this entry »