What Book People Give When They Give Books: Our Ultimate Holiday Guide

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The best thing about Parnassus Books staff: They’re real people. They love to read and talk about books, and they also have a wide range of other interests. They have cool hobbies, nerdy obsessions, favorite bands, beloved pets (see: Sparky, above, getting into the holiday spirit), friends and families. Many of them have fascinating past careers and world travels. Some of them are writers or have worked in publishing. And all of them have holiday parties to go to and gifts to give, which means that just like everyone else, they’ve been making shopping lists. So when a group of professional book-people with diverse interests give presents, what do they pick? We asked our booksellers to share their lists. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Thanksgiving Week Checklist (#1: Get Your Bird)

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No, not your turkey — your Goldfinch. As you may recall, Donna Tartt chose to launch her Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch right here in Nashville. Now, as a holiday bonus for friends and supporters of Parnassus Books, Tartt has graciously offered to sign a stack of books for our customers. No fighting the shopping mall crowds, no waking at dawn to get a “while supplies last” deal. Just let us know you want one, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Notes from Ann: The Great American Novel

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Scott Turow, Ann Patchett, Tari Hughes, Dianne and Kent Oliver at The Nashville Public Library Literary Award Gala on November 8, 2014. Turow was honored for his contributions to the world of books and reading.  (photo by Richard Rogers for The Tennessean)
Novelists everywhere! Authors Scott Turow and Ann Patchett; Nashville Public Library Foundation president Tari Hughes; Dianne Oliver and Nashville Public Library director Kent Oliver at The Nashville Public Library Literary Award Gala on November 8, 2014. Turow was honored for his contributions to the world of books and reading. (photo by Richard Rogers for The Tennessean)

I met Maureen Corrigan at the Southern Festival of Books in October. I knew I shouldn’t have introduced myself but I couldn’t help it. I’m crazy about Maureen’s book reviews on Fresh Air. I trust her judgment and her straightforward voice. She had come by the Parnassus tent looking for me, but I’d missed her. I went to hear her presentation on her new book And So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures and found it fascinating. If I’d had any sense I would have applauded politely and then slipped out the back, but instead I asked Maureen if she wanted me to drive her over to see the bookstore. Read the rest of this entry »

Strong Inside: A Book Eight Years in the Writing, a Story Nearly 50 Years in the Making

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The first book by local author Andrew Maraniss is already a big hit at Parnassus Books this season, and it’s safe to predict it will keep getting bigger — especially after its official launch this Wednesday, November 19, when Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will appear at the bookstore at 6:30 p.m. in conversation with Maraniss. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Not-Quite-Ready-for-the-Shop Dogs

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Hello. It’s me, Sparky. (That’s my Halloween costume. I was a pirate. Arrrf, matey.) I love this time of year, because things are super-busy at Parnassus Books. Visitors are coming in and out all the time, and the shop people are staffing up to help everyone get what they need for the upcoming holidays. We’ve got all hands and paws on deck to pitch in. Read the rest of this entry »

Four Questions for Garth Stein, Man of Mystery

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We’re fascinated by Garth Stein. Not only is he the author of five novels, two books for young readers, two plays, and a documentary; but one of his books — The Art of Racing in the Rain — is one of our store favorites. (The story is told by a dog. Can you blame us?) Add to that his rock band and this thing called “the Seattle 7,” and he’s one interesting dude. Read the rest of this entry »

YouTube Star Grace Helbig Gives Fans What They Want, This Time on Paper

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Do you know who Grace Helbig is? If you’re over 30, you may not yet; but you probably will soon. Her first book, Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grownup bills itself as “a tongue-in-cheek handbook for Millennials,” making it clear that her readership will overlap largely with the audience that follows her YouTube series, itsGrace. It’s that audience that has made videos such as “12 Signs Being Ladylike Is Not Your Forte” go viral, with more than 3.5 million views. Read the rest of this entry »