Welcome to Nashville and the Southern Festival of Books! We hope you’ll have a wonderful time exploring all the festival has to offer, as well as the fabulous dining, sightseeing, art, and music that make Nashville such a fun place to live and to visit. We’ve learned over the past couple of years that there’s always a little flurry of visitors to Parnassus just before the Festival kicks off at noon; so this year, we’ve prepared a special welcome!
On Friday, October 9, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, feel free to stop by on your way downtown to the Festival. While you’re here, meet our co-owner, novelist Ann Patchett, who has just written the foreword to the adorable Dogs As I See Them, by Lucy Dawson. Originally published in the 1930s, this beautiful sketchbook of canine portraits has been reprinted with Ann’s new introduction (which includes mention of her own pup, our beloved shop dog Sparky). Officially, it doesn’t hit shelves until October 20 — but just for you, we’ve got some early copies.
“Lucy Dawson’s genius — and I can’t imagine how such a thing is done — is her ability to draw the personality of every dog she met. With no fanfare or wallpaper or sofa cushions or forest backdrops to set the mood, she captured the central part of each dog’s being . . .
Art is the gift of immortality. I look through these pages at so many alert ears and shining eyes and think that all of these dogs are gone now, along with their puppies, and their puppies’ puppies, far down the line. And then I think they’re right here, all of them, thanks to Lucy Dawson’s extraordinary talent and insight.”
If you know Parnassus, you know we love dogs. So please, come say hello, pick up this darling new book, and if you like, give one of our shop dogs a pat. (They’re also happy to pose for photos.) And have a wonderful Festival weekend!
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Can’t be here this weekend? No worries. We’d be happy to mail you a signed copy. Just write “SIGNED” in the notes at checkout online.
Are you looking for our shop-people? Coming up this weekend, October 9-11, you can find them at the Southern Festival of Books. They’ll be in the big Parnassus bookselling tent down at War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville on Friday (12-5 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), and Sunday (12-5 p.m.). Meanwhile, we — the shop dogs of Parnassus Books — will be taking advantage of the brainstorming time to come up with a festival of our own. Read the rest of this entry »
What do booksellers read when they’re not selling books? Mystery, YA, literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction . . . you name it. These are the books actually sitting on our nightstands, desks, and coffee tables right now. Some of these authors are coming to town soon, too; so don’t forget to check out what’s coming up on the very busy fall events calendar! Read the rest of this entry »
I had been reading Jenny Lawson’s blog, The Bloggess, for a while before I saw the post that made me fall madly in love with her voice. Remember Beyoncé the giant metal chicken? (If you’re one of the two humans on earth who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a look.) When I read it, I laughed the kind of shaky, tears-rolling-down-my-face laugh that I do when something so ridiculous, so perfectly tuned to my own sense of humor comes along — something that maybe 9 out of 10 people would find completely bizarre, but that 10th person would find exquisite in its twisted hilarity. So I forwarded it along to all the 10th-people I knew. Then they forwarded it, too. So did everyone who saw it and thought, I’m not the only one who thinks like this. Read the rest of this entry »