Notes From Ann: Frogs

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Whenever I’m writing a novel I think a lot about Georges Seurat, specifically about his masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which I saw once at the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s an enormous painting, 81.7 inches by 121.25 inches, comprised of tiny colored dots. It seems impossible to me that he could have visualized the whole while crouched in a corner or standing on a ladder putting in another fleck of blue. It’s hard enough to take it all in as the viewer because what the painting means at a distance and what it means up close aren’t at all the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Jonathan Tropper on the Difference Between Writing for the Page and Writing for the Screen

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When customers come in saying they’re in the mood to read something funny, smart, maybe a bit twisted or profane but not too heavy, one of our go-to suggestions is This Is Where I Leave You, the family dramedy by Jonathan Tropper. It’s all those things, plus relatable and a fun read. No wonder it got snapped up by Hollywood. Read the rest of this entry »

Back in the Same Room: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and “Nashville” Star Connie Britton

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When Parnassus Books started publicizing this Saturday’s big event with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Connie Britton, we got some quizzical looks from customers. A few people pointed to the poster and said, “But… why… together?” We should explain: These two phenoms were college roommates back in their Dartmouth days. Read the rest of this entry »

Seth Casteel Creates The Most Adorable Books Ever: Here’s How (and Why) He Does It

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Above: A couple of superstars from Underwater Puppies

Given that our shop dogs have their own blog on this very site, it should come as no surprise that we at Parnassus Books love the work of Seth Casteel, the New York Times bestselling author and photographer behind the blockbuster book, Underwater Dogs. Of course, we’re absolutely gaga over his newest production, Underwater Puppies — because if there’s anything even cuter than dogs playing fetch in the water, it’s baby dogs playing fetch in the water. Read the rest of this entry »

Love Reading, Writing? Check Out Tennessee’s Own “Chapter 16″

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Isn’t it fun to have buddies who share your hobbies and interests? If you read MUSING regularly, or if you follow along on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve probably seen references to “our friends at Chapter 16.” Pardon us for name-dropping… we should probably make an introduction: Read the rest of this entry »

Music and Books: An Interview with Lightning 100’s Wells Adams

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It hit me as I was driving down Hillsboro Pike the other day, listening to WRLT Lightning 100 on the radio, when a song from Will Hoge‘s Blackbird on a Lonely Wire album came on. It was a music-and-lyrics-lover’s song from about a decade ago. Not a top-40 piece or a single off a new record. Not the kind of thing you’d ever hear on a station where the playlists are generated out of an office far away. A song locals love, by a local guy. And I thought: This station is doing with music what Parnassus is doing with books. Read the rest of this entry »

From Local Bookseller to First-Time Author: Kim Teter

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It’s always a thrill to celebrate the launch of a first novel — knowing what a huge accomplishment it is for the writer and how much work and time and hope have gone into it. It’s all the more exciting when the author is a local friend of the store. So we’re delighted to host Kim Teter as she presents her young adult novel, Isabella’s Libretto, on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »